Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Armenia
June, 24 - 26, 2016

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Follow the live trasmission of the Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Armenia from 24 to 26 June 2016.


Below is the content of his speeches, homilies, statistics and articles of interest on the journey.


MOTTO: "Visit the first Christian country".

The conversion of Armenia dates back to 301, thanks to the work of St. Gregory the Illuminator and hence, as Pope Francis said - "the first among nations in the course of the centuries have embraced the gospel of Christ" (message to the Armenians, April 12, 2015).





Logo Apostolic Trip
Pope Francis to Armenia




The logo, circular in shape, represents the biblical Mount Ararat, symbol of Armenia and Khor Virap of Artashad ( "deep well"), in which St. Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned for almost 14 years and where now the monastery emerges same name. San Gregorio, once freed, was named first Primate of Armenia and declared, with King Tiridates III, Christianity the state religion of Armenia. In the logo, they are represented emblems and colors, violet and yellow, Armenian Apostolic Church and the Holy See.


A brief history of the Church in Armenia

Statistics of the Catholic Church in Armenia

Pope Francis: video message to people of Armenia

Armenia: Pope Francis in continuity with Benedict XV

Interview With Armenian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs on Pope's Visit

Vatican Spokesman Gives Overview of Pope’s Trip This Weekend

Nun Who Will Host the Pope in Armenia Tells of Preparation, Ministry

Missal for the Apostolic Journey


Here are the trip program. On the program we will be placing links in messages, speeches as it progresses.


Friday, 24 June 2016
09:00 Departure from Rome Fiumicino International Airport for Yerevan.
15:00 Arrival at “Zvartnots” International Airport in Yerevan Welcome ceremony at the Airport.
15:35 Visit and prayer at the Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin.
18:00 Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace.
18:30 Meeting with the Civil Authorities and Diplomatic Corps at the Presidential Palace.
19:30 Private meeting with the Catholicos at the Apostolic Palace in Etchmiadzin.

Saturday, 25 June 2016
08:45 Visit to the Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex
10:00 Transfer by plane to Gyumri
11:00 Holy Mass in Vartanants Square in Gyumri
16:45 Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds in Gyumri
17:15 Visit to the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Martyrs in Gyumri
18:00 Transfer by plane to Yerevan
19:00 Ecumenical Meeting and Prayer for Peace in Republic Square in Yerevan

Sunday, 26 June 2016
09:15 Meeting with the Armenian Catholic Bishops at the Apostolic Palace in Etchmiadzin
10:00 Participation in the Divine Liturgy in the Armenian-Apostolic Cathedral in Etchmiadzin.
Ecumenical Lunch hosted by H.H. the Catholicos, with the Archbishops and the Bishops of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Armenian Catholic Bishops and the Cardinals and Bishops of the Papal Entourage at the Apostolic Palace
15:50 Meeting with delegates and benefactors of the Armenian Apostolic Church at the Apostolic Palace
17:00 Prayer at the Monastery of Khor Virap
18:15 Farewell ceremony at the Airport in Yerevan
18:30 Departure by plane for Rome
20:40 Arrival at Ciampino Airport in Rome.


* Amernia Time, to see other time zones click here

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