Program of Pope Francis’ Armenia Visit Announced


VATICAN (Vatican Radio) — The official program for Pope Francis’ three-day visit to Armenia, from June 24 to 26 (all times are local) was just released by the Vatican. It appears below.

Friday June 24

09.00 Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for Yerevan

15.00 Arrival at Yerevan’s Zvartnots Airport with welcome ceremony there.

15.35 Visit to pray at Echmiadzin Cathedral (greetings given by Catholicos of All Armenia Karekin II and by Pope Francis)

18.00 Courtesy visit to Armenia’s president in the Presidential Palace.

18.30 Meeting with civil authorities and the diplomatic corps in the Presidential Palace (speech by the Pope)

19.30 Private meeting with Catholicos in the Apostolic Palace

Saturday June 25

08.45 Visit to Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex

10.00 Journey by plane to Gumri

11.00 Holy Mass in Gumri’s Vartanants Square (homily by the Pope and greeting by Catholicos)

16.45 Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds

17.15 Visit to the Holy Martyrs Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Gumri

18.00 Journey by plane back to Yerevan

19.00 Ecumenical Encounter and Prayer for Peace in Yerevan’s Republic Square

Sunday June 26

09.15 Meeting with Catholic Bishops of Armenia in the Apostolic Palace at Echmiadzin

10.00 Participation in Divine Liturgy in the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral (homily by Catholicos and greeting by the Pope)

Ecumenical Lunch with the Catholicos, archbishops and bishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholic bishops of Armenia and cardinals and bishops from the papal entourage in the Apostolic Palace.

15.00 Meeting with delegates and benefactors of the Apostolic Armenian Church in the Apostolic Palace

16.05 Signing of Joint Declaration in the Apostolic Palace

17.00 Prayer at Khor Virap Monastery

18.15 Farewell Ceremony at airport

18.30 Departure by plane for Rome

20.40 Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport

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