His Holiness Pope Francis will make a visit to Armenia from June 24 to 26. The Pope will be officially welcomed to Holy Etchmiadzin by His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patrirach and Catholicos of All Armenians.
Themed “A Visit to the First Christian Nation,” the three-day journey will include a prayer service in Yerevan’s Republic Square and a stop at the Dzidzernagapert Genocide Memorial. Pope Francis and His Holiness Karekin II will also preside over a Divine Liturgy in Gyumri’s Vartanants Square. On June 26, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin and the two spiritual leaders will visit and pray at Khor Virab monastery—the site of St. Gregory the Illuminator’s imprisonment—prior to Pope Francis’s departure.
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, the Diocese’s Legate and Ecumenical Director, will travel to Armenia to take part in these events.
Viewers at home can follow the Pope's visit via Vatican Radio's livestream video broadcasts.