On June 24, Pope
Francis will arrive and begin his visit at the Republic of Armenia. A welcoming ceremony will be held upon his arrival at the Zvartnots
International Airport. The Pope will then visit Mother See
of Holy Etchmiadzin for a service in his honor at the Mother
the evening, Pope Francis will meet with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan,
as well as community leaders and representatives of
diplomatic missions in Armenia. The first day will conclude with a
meeting at Etchmiadzin with His Holiness Karekin II,
Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
next morning, on June 25, Pope Francis will visit Tsitsernakaberd, the
Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and Museum in Yerevan. Afterwards, Pope Francis, along
with His Holiness Karekin II, will visit the city of Gyumri where a Divine
Liturgy will be offered in Vardanants Square. The Pope will also visit Our Lady
of Armenia Convent of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate
Conception in Gyumri, followed by visits to the Seven Wounds St. Mary Church of
the Armenian Apostolic Diocese of Shirak and the Holy
Martyrs Armenian Catholic Cathedral. In the evening, an outdoor Ecumenical
Service and Peace Prayer will be held in Yerevan’s Republic Square.
June 26, Pope Francis plans to meet with
Armenian Catholic bishops and then participate in a Divine Liturgy, followed by an
Ecumenical dinner at Etchmiadzin. The Catholicos of All Armenians, the
Archbishops and Bishops from both the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches, and the Papal delegation will all attend, as well as delegates and benefactors of the Armenian Church. That day, His Holiness Pope
Francis and His Holiness Karekin II will sign a joint declaration.
Before Pope Francis departs for Rome, the spiritual leaders will offer their prayers at the Khor Virap Monastery.