Vatican Says Pope Planning Armenia Trip in June

Pope Francis

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is planning to visit Armenia in June, reported the Associated Press.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, stressed Friday that the trip was still in its planning stages and that no itinerary had been set. But he said that the dates under study were for the second half of June.

Francis’ proposed trip would come 15 years after St. John Paul II visited Armenia.

It was during that 2001 trip that John Paul inked a joint declaration with the His Holiness Catholicos Karenkin II, Catholicos of All Armenians recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

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