Pope Francis (C) celebrates a Holy Mass at the stadium in Tbilisi on Oct. 1, 2016. / AFP / VINCENZO PINTO
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Pope Francis Saturday said Mass for unusually small crowd of just a few thousand Catholics in Georgia, a celebration that was further dampened when a delegation from the Orthodox Church stayed away.Two days before the pope arrived, Ilia issued a statement saying Orthodox could not attend Catholic Masses because of doctrinal differences dating back to the 1054 schism that divided Christianity into eastern and western branches.The Vatican, however, had been hoping the Orthodox would still attend. After the Orthodox stayed away, Francis changed his text when he read it to thank "Orthodox faithful" who were there. Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili, who is Orthodox, attended the Mass.
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