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Vatican Confirms Papal Visits to Armenia; Georgia, Azerbaijan

Pontiff in Armenia at end of June; In Georgia, Azerbaijan in the fall

The Vatican has confirmed reports that Pope Francis will visit Armenia in June and has also announced the Pontiff will be visiting Georgia and Azerbaijan in the fall.

In a statement released by the Holy See Press Office Saturday, the Vatican confirmed the Pope will visit Armenia June 24 – 26, accepting the invitation of Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia, His Holiness Karekin II, the civil authorities, and the Catholic Church in Armenia.

In addition, the Vatican Press Office also stated the Pontiff will visit the countries of Georgia and Azerbaijan, Sept. 30 – Oct. 2.

The Pope’s Apostolic Voyage 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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