(AP) – Pope Francis will make two trips this year to the often-volatile Caucasus region.
On Saturday, the Vatican said the pontiff will visit Armenia on June 24-26. He will travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan from September 30 – October 2.
Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for cease-fire violations in the Nagorno Karabakh Republic. The recent fighting marked the worse violence between these nations since the war in 1994.
Last month, the Vatican said a trip to Armenia was in the planning stages.