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Rally against pope’s visit (liberali Photo)

TBILISI, DFWatch–A radical Orthodox Christian group Friday protested against Pope Francis’s visit to Georgia with a small gathering of about 30 persons shouting ‘devil’, ‘cursed’ and holding posters with messages like ‘Antichrist, get out of Georgia.’

They’re particularly dissatisfied with a planned mass in Tbilisi and a visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, the historical capital of Georgia.

The group organized a tiny protest gathering about a week ago at the Vatican Embassy with the same slogans. In response to these undertakings, the Patriarchate, ruling body of the Georgian Church, distanced itself from the radical group and once more expressed welcome to the Pope.

Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II welcomed Pope Francis at the Tbilisi Airport upon his arrival on Friday.