On January 26, an online portal, Geworld.ge, released an article titled “Father Giorgi Razmadze: The Pope is the main comedian,” in which the Orthodox cleric claims that the predecessor of Pope Francis used to baptize leopards. The editorial board asked Father Giorgi Razmadze, leader of Avchala St. Ketevan Martyr's Church, to comment on the issue. He said that Pope Francis was a comedian and his predecessor used to baptize leopards.
Giorgi Razmadze, leader of Avchala St. Ketevan Martyr's Church: “Pope Francis is the main comedian and his predecessor used to baptize leopards. It is unserious for an Orthodox Christian to repeatedly make comments on it. They have long been in hell rather than in danger and they cannot even realize it.”
Allegations that the predecessor of Pope Francis, Benedict XVI allegedly baptized leopards are false. Animal baptism is not an accepted norm in any denomination of Christian religion. Dissemination of information, which is not based on evidence, is one of the methods of propaganda, which in this particular case aims at demonizing the Catholic Church and the Pope.
Linking animal baptism to the Pope without providing any evidence aims at demonstrating that the leader of the Catholic Church as well as the head of state of Vatican City neglects the Christian rule, according to which animal baptism is not an accepted norm in any denomination of Christian religion.
Dissemination of information, which is not based on evidence, is one of the propaganda techniques of disinformation. It refers to such facts and statements, which have no factual grounds.
About Giorgi Razmadze
Razmadze is the leader of Avchala St. Ketevan Martyr's Church. He was among those Orthodox priests, who rallied outside the Tbilisi airport on September 30, 2016 to express protest against the Pope’s visit to Georgia. “The Pope is a spiritual aggressor” was a slogan of the rally. In 2016, Giorgi Razmadze accompanied by the representatives of the Nunnery and the parish thwarted the festival Tbilisi JAM 2016. Giorgi Razmadze is a frequent respondent of pro-Kremlin edition Geworld.ge and a source of anti-Western messages. In the interview with Geworld.ge on August 10, 2016, Father Giorgi Razmadze linked drug decriminalization to increased number of drug users and brought an example of Holland that is not proved by statistical data.