Georgia Pope: Tbilisi stadium largely empty for papal Mass
Pope Francis has said Mass in a largely empty stadium on a visit to Georgia after the majority Orthodox Christian Church asked followers to stay away.
Orthodox believers were asked not to take part in Roman Catholic services and a Church delegation due to attend also stayed away.
But Church officials said the decision had been taken by mutual agreement.
It was one of the smallest crowds seen at an outdoor papal Mass during Francis's foreign trips.
People who did attend in the capital Tbilisi said afterwards that the papal visit was good for Georgia.
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