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Pope’s Program for Georgia, Azerbaijan (Slightly Updated)

During Apostolic Trip This Month, Francis Will Meet With Sheikh of the Caucasus Muslims at “Heydar Aliyev” Mosque

Below is a slightly updated version of the Vatican released program, detailing Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2. It was published today by the Holy See Press Office:


Friday, 30 September 2016

09:00 Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Tbilisi
15:00 Arrival at the International Airport of Tbilisi
Welcoming ceremony
15:30 Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace
16:00 Meeting with the Authorities, the Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the Courtyard of the Presidential Palace
16:40 Meeting with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of All Georgia at the Patriarchal Palace
18:00 Meeting with the Assyrian-Chaldean Community at the Catholic Chaldean Church of St. Simon Bar Sabbae


Saturday, 1 October 2016

10:00 Holy Mass at M. Meskhi Stadium
15:45 Meeting with Priests, Men and Women Religious, Seminarians and Pastoral Agents gathered in the church of the Assumption
17:00 Meeting with people assisted and operators of the Works of Charity of the Church before the Assistance Centre of the Camillian Order
18:15 Visit to the Svietyskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral in Mskheta

Sunday, 2 October 2016

07:55 Farewell ceremony at the International Airport of Tbilisi
08:10 Departure by plane for Baku
09:30 Arrival at “Heydar Aliyev” International Airport of Baku
Official welcome
10:30 Holy Mass at the church of the Immaculate in the Salesian Centre in Baku
12:45 Luncheon with the Salesian Community and the Papal Entourage
15:30 Welcoming Protocol Ceremony in the Square of the Presidential Palace of Ganjlik
Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace of Ganjlik
16:30 Visit to the Memorial to those killed for Independence
17:00 Meeting with the Authorities at “Heydar Aliyev” Centre
17:45 Private meeting with the Sheikh of the Caucasus Muslims at “Heydar Aliyev” Mosque
18:00 Interreligious meeting with the Sheikh and with the Representatives of the different Religious Communities of the country
19:00 Farewell ceremony at the Airport of Baku
19:15 Departure by plane for Rome/Ciampino
22:00 Arrival at Rome/Ciampino Airport


time zones
Rome: +2h UTC
Tbilisi: +4h UTC
Baku: +4h UTC

Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 12 September 2016


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