Pope Francis’ first engagement on Saturday afternoon in the Georgian capital was a meeting with priests, religious and seminarians in Tbilisi’s Church of the Assumption. In an off-the-cuff address to the gathering, the Pope warned against what he termed “a global war to destroy marriage” in contemporary society. This war, he explained, is not being “waged with weapons” but with ideas. The “great enemy of marriage” nowadays, the Pope went on, is “gender theory” which he described as “an ideological colonization.”
Pope Francis is on a three day Apostolic visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan.