Orthodox with a SPLASH — Georgia's mass baptism

Hundreds of children and babies were baptised in a mass ceremony at Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi on Sunday to celebrated the Epiphany on January 19. Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, offered to baptise the third-born child of every family, as part of an initiative to help boost the birth rate in Georgia. After being dipped into water three times, children were... Еще given a cross and then one-by-one received blessings from Ilia II. The baptism methods have drawn controversy over the years, with some arguing the babies are treated too roughly.

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