Friday, June 24, 2016

Pope Francis now in Armenia

Pope Francis Arrives in Armenia
This Weekend’s Visit Marks Pontiff’s 14th Apostolic Voyage Abroad
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The first Pope from the Americas has kicked off his first Apostolic Visit to Armenia.
Pope Francis’ flight touched down about 2:30 p.m. local time, in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, where he was welcomed by the nation’s President and religious leaders. This April, Francis had accepted the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, the civil authorities, and the Catholic Church in Armenia to visit their nation.
This voyage mark’s the Pontiff’s 14th Apostolic Journey abroad. Armenia, the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion, has a mountainous terrain and borders to the west Turkey, to the north Giorgia, to the east Azerbaijan and to the south Iran.
The Pontiff will visit this region again, when traveling to the countries of Georgia and Azerbaijan, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. The visit in the Caucasus region at the border of Europe and Asia, situated between the Black and the Caspian seas, follows his accepting the invitation of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, and the two nations’ civil and religious authorities.

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