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Pope holds Georgia mass on Caucasus peace tour

Pope Francis on Saturday held an open-air mass for thousands of faithful in Georgia as he continued a peace mission to the volatile Caucasus region torn between Russia and the West. Francis offered "consolation that we need amid the turmoil we experience in life" to worshippers from Georgia's small Catholic community as he addressed them in the capital Tbilisi. The pontiff on Friday called for peaceful "coexistence" in the conflict-ridden ex-Soviet region at the start of the three-day tour that will also take him to Azerbaijan just months after he visited its arch-foe Armenia.
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