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Monday, September 12, 2016

Revised programme for travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan

This morning, the Vatican Press Centre published a revised programme for the Holy Father's upcoming Apostolic Voyage to Georgia and Azerbaijan.


Revised programme for the Apostolic Voyage
of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
to Georgia and Azerbaijan

Friday, 30 September 2016
8:00am
Departure by aircraft from Rome's Fumicino Airport for Tbilisi

3:00pm
Arrival at the International Airport in Tbilisi
Welcoming ceremony

3:30pm
Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic in the Presidential Palace

4:00pm
Meeting with Authorities, members of civil society and members of the Diplomatic Corps in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace (Speech by the Holy Father)

4:40pm
Meeting with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of all Georgia in the Patriarchal Palace (Speeches by both the Patriarch and the Holy Father)

6:00pm
Meeting with the Assyrian-Chaldean community in the Chaldean Catholic Church of Saint Simon Bar Sabbas (Prayer by the Holy Father)

Saturday, 1 October 2016
10:00am
Mass in the M. Meskhi stadium (Homily by the Holy Father)

3:45pm
Meeting with priests, religious men and women, seminarians and pastoral agents in the church of the Assumption (Speech by the Holy Father)

5:00pm
Meeting with lay staff members and aid workers associated with the Church's charitable work in front of the Camilliani charitable aid centre (Greetings by the Holy Father)

6:15pm
Visit to the Patriarchal Cathedral of Svetitskhoveli in Mtskheta (Greetings by both the Patriarch and the Holy Father)

Sunday, 2 October 2016
7:55am
Departure ceremony at the International Airport in Tbilisi

8:10am
Departure by aircraft for Baku

8:30am
Arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku
Official welcome

10:30am
Mass in the church of the Immaculate Conception at the Salesian Centre in Baku (Homily and Angelus by the Holy Father)

12:45pm
Lunch with the Salesian community and with members of the Papal party

3:30pm
Official welcoming ceremony in the Square outside the Presidential Palace in Ganjlik
Courtesy visit with the President of the Republic in the Presidential Palace in Ganjlik

4:30pm
Visit to the Monument of the Fallen for the sake of Independence

5:00pm
Meeting with Authorities in the Heydar Aliyev Centre (Speech by the Holy Father)

5:45pm
Private meeting with the Muslim Sheik of Caucaso in the Heydar Aliyev Mosque

6:00pm
Inter-religious meeting with the Sheik and representatives of other Religious communities present in Azerbaijan (Speech by the Holy Father)

7:00pm
Departure ceremony at the Baku airport

7:15pm
Departure by aircraft for Rome's Ciampino airport

10:00pm
Arrival at Rome's Ciampino international airport
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