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Friday, May 13, 2016

Pope to visit Armenia

The Vatican Press Centre has published the agenda for the Holy Father's upcoming visit to Armenia.  Pope Francis will undertake this voyage from June 24 to 26 of this year.


Programme for the visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
to Armenia

Friday, 24 June 2016
9:00am
Departure of the aircraft from Rome's Fumicino Airport, destined for Yerevan

3:00pm
Arrival at the Zvartnots International Airport in Yerevan
Welcoming ceremony at the airport

3:35pm
Prayer visit to the Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin
Greetings to be offered to the Holy Father by the Catholicos

6:00pm
Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace

6:30pm
Meeting with civic authorities and with members of the Diplomatic Corps at the Presidential Palace
Speech by the Holy Father

7:30pm
Personal meeting with the Catholicos at the Apostolic Palace

Saturday, 25 June 2016
8:45am
Visit to the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex

10:00am
Transfer by aircraft to Gyumri

11:00am
Mass in Vartanants Square in Gyumri
Homily by the Holy Father
Greetings offered by the Catholicos

4:45pm
Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds in Gyumri

5:15pm
Visit to the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri

6:00pm
Transfer by aircraft to Yerevan

7:00pm
Ecumenical Meeting and Prayer for Peace in Republic Square in Yerevan
Speeches by the Catholicos and by the Holy Father

Sunday, 26 June 2016
9:15am
Meeting with the Armenian Catholic Bishops in the Apostolic Palace in Etchmiadzin

10:00am
Participation in the Divine Liturgy in the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral
Homily by the Catholicos
Greetings by the Holy Father

Ecumenical lunch with the Catholicos, Archbishops and Bishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Armenian Catholic Bishops and the Cardinals and Bishops of the Papal party at the Apostolic Palace

3:00pm
Meeting with delegates and benefactors of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Apostolic Palace

5:00pm
Prayer in the Monastery of Khor Virap

6:15pm
Departure ceremony at the airport

6:30pm
Departure of the papal aircraft destined for Rome

8:40pm
Arrival at Rome's Ciampino Airport
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