Pope’s Armenia Itinerary to Include Dzidzernagapert Visit

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Pope Francis (C), Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II (R) and Catholicos Aram I (L) of the Great House of Cilicia at an Armenian-rite mass marking 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide , April 12, 2015. (Source: RFE/RL)

Pope Francis (C), Catholicos of All Armenians Garegin II (R) and Catholicos Aram I (L) of the Great House of Cilicia at an Armenian-rite mass marking 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide , April 12, 2015. (Source: RFE/RL)

VATICAN CITY—Official Vatican published the itinerary of Pope Francis’ first visit to Armenia and it includes a stop at the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.

Pope Francis will arrive in Armenia on June 24. After an official welcoming ceremony at Zvartnots Airport the Pontiff will leave for the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The same day the pope will meet with President Serzh Sarkisian at the Presidential Palace and hold court with representatives of the Armenian authorities, civil society and diplomatic corps.

The first day of the visit will be concluded with a meeting with His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.

On the morning of June 25, Pope Francis will visit the Dzidzernagapert Memorial and the Armenian Genocide Museum Institute, after which he will travel to Gyumri together with the Catholicos to officiate a Holy Mass at Vardanants Square. On the evening of June 25 an ecumenical service and a Prayer for Peace will take place at the Republic Square in Yerevan.

On June 26 the pope will meet with Armenian Catholic Bishops and will participate in a Divine Liturgy and an ecumenical dinner at the Holy See of Etchmiadzin.

Pope Francis and the Catholicos of all Armenians will sign a joint statement and will hold a prayer at Khor Virap Monastery.

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