Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Armenia
June 24th – June 26th, 2016
NCR Online – As Pope Francis prepares to embark on a three-day trip to Armenia this week, experts and church leaders are hoping the visit both highlights strong ties between Catholic and Orthodox Christian communities there and brings about opportunities for political rapprochement in its continent-straddling region.

One of the leaders of the Armenian Apostolic church, an Oriental Orthodox community that includes 93 percent of Armenia's population of three million, hopes that the pope might help encourage friendlier relations with neighboring countries Turkey and Azerbaijan... [continue reading]
Salt + Light's Broadcast Schedule
Friday June 24th, 2016
10:00am— Apostolic Visit to Armenia: Meeting with President and Diplomatic Corps REPEAT: 10:00pm & 2:00am on Saturday June 25th, 2016
12:30pm— Pape François en Arménie: Visite de courtoisie au Président de la République french
1:00pm— Pape François en Arménie: Rencontre avec les autorités et le corps diplomatique french
Saturday June 25th, 2016
9:00am— Apostolic Visit to Armenia: Mass in Gyumri REPEAT: 6:30pm
Noon— Apostolic Visit to Armenia: Ecumenical Prayer for Peace REPEAT: 11:30pm
1:30pm— Pape François en Arménie: Messe sur la Place Vartanants french
3:30pm— Pape François en Arménie: Rencontre oecuménique pour la paix french
Sunday June 26th, 2016
9:00am— Apostolic Visit to Armenia: Armenian Apostolic Divine Liturgy REPEAT: 5:00pm
Noon— Apostolic Visit to Armenia: Khor Virap Monastery
12:30pm— Pape François en Arménie: Participation à la Divine Liturgie french
3:30pm— Pape François en Arménie: Prière au monastère Khor Virap french
Pope Francis' Itinerary for the Apostolic Visit to Armenia
Friday June 24th, 2016
9:00am Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for Yerevan
3:00pm Arrival at Yereven’s Zvaretnots Airport with welcome ceremony there.
3:35pm Visit to pray at Apostolic Cathedral at Etchmiadzin
(Greetings given by Catholicos of All Armenia, Karekin II and by Pope Francis)
6:00pm Courtesy visit to Armenia's President in the Presidential Palace.
6:30pm Meeting with civil authorities and the Diplomatic Corps in the Presidential Palace (speech by the Pope)
7:30pm Private meeting with Catholicos in the Apostolic Palace
Saturday June 25th, 2016
8:45am Visit to Tzitzernakaberd Memorial Complex
10:00am Journey by plane to Gyumri
11:00am Holy Mass in Gyumri’s Vartanants Square
(Homily By the Pope and greeting by Catholicos)
2:00pm Ecumenical Meeting and Prayer for Peace
4:45pm Visit to the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds
5:15pm Visit to the Holy Martyrs Armenian Catholic Cathedral in Gyumri
6:00pm Journey by plane back to Yerevan
7:00pm Ecumenical Encounter and Prayer for Peace in Yerevan’s Republic Square
Sunday June 26th, 2016
9:15am Meeting with Catholic Bishops of Armenia in the Apostolic Palace at Etchmiadzin
Noon 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.
3:00pm Meeting with delegates and benefactors of the ApostolicArmenian Church in the Apostolic Palace
5:00pm Prayer at Khor Virap Monastery
6:15pm Farewell Ceremony at airport
6:30pm Departure by plane for Rome
8:40pm Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport
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