Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan

The pontiff will make two trips to the Caucasus, the first in June, the second in late September.

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis will travel to the Caucasus, first to Armenia, then to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

In making the announcement, the Vatican Press Office said, "Pope Francis will visit Armenia in June of 2016, accepting the invitation of His Holiness, Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenia, of the civil authorities, and of the Catholic Church in Armenia. The visit is scheduled for 24-26 of June.”

At the same time, the Press Office announced that Pope Francis “accepted an invitation from His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, and from the civil and religious authorities of Georgia and Azerbaijan, and will make an Apostolic Voyage in the Caucasus, visiting these two countries from 30 September to 2 October 2016.”