Pope Francis: Official schedule for Armenia visit in June

2016-05-13 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The official programme for Pope Francis’ 3-day visit to Armenia  from 24th to 26th June was released on Friday. 

Please see details below: (all times local)

Friday 24th June

09.00 Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for Yerevan

15.00 Arrival at Yereven’s Zvaretnots Airport with welcome ceremony there.

15.35 Prayer visit at the Apostolic Cathedral at Etchmiadzin (Greetings given by Catholicos of All Armenia, Karekin II and by Pope Francis)

18.00 Courtesy visit to Armenia's President in the Presidential Palace.

18.30 Meeting with civil authorities and the Diplomatic Corps in the Presidential Palace (speech by the Pope)

19.30 Private meeting with Catholicos in the Apostolic Palace

Saturday 25th June

08.45 Visit to Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex

10.00 Journey by plane to Gyumri

11.00 Holy Mass in Gyumri’s Vartanants Square (Homily By the Pope and greeting by Catholicos)

16:45 Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds in Gyumri

17:15 Visit to the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri

18.00 Journey by plane back to Yerevan

19.00 Ecumenical Encounter and Prayer for Peace in Yerevan’s Republic Square

Sunday 26th June

09.15 Meeting with Catholic Bishops of Armenia in the Apostolic Palace at Etchmiadzin

10.00 Participation in Divine Liturgy in the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral (Homily by Catholicos and greeting by the Pope)

Ecumenical Lunch with the Catholicos, Archbishops and Bishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholic Bishops of Armenia and Cardinals and Bishops from the Papal entourage in the Apostolic Palace.

15.00 Meeting with delegates and benefactors of the Apostolic Armenian Church in the Apostolic Palace

16.05 Signing of Joint Declaration in the Apostolic Palace

17.00 Prayer at Khor Virap Monastery

18.15 Farewell Ceremony at airport

18.30 Departure by plane for Rome

20.40 Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport

(from Vatican Radio)