The travel schedule of the journey Pope Francis will make from 30 September to 2 October 2016 in Georgia and Azerbaijan, the second part of his visit to the Caucasus, which began last month with the three-day apostolic journey (June 24 to 26) to Armenia was published today by the Press Office of the Holy See. On Friday, September 30, the Pope will depart at 9:00 a.m. from Fiumicino Airport and reach Tbilisi at 3 p.m. local time. After the welcoming ceremony is scheduled a courtesy visit to the president Giorgi Margvelashvili, at the presidential palace; the meeting with the authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps; the meeting with the Catholicos and Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II in the Palace of the Patriarchate; the encounter with the Assyrian-Chaldean community in the church of St. Simon the dyer.
On Saturday, October 1, according to the program, mass will be celebrated at the Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi; the meeting with the clergy, religious men and women; the encounter with the assisted and with the operators of the Church’s Charitable Works in front of the Camillian assistance Center; a visit to the Svietyskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral in Mskheta.
On Sunday, October 2, at 8:10 a.m. the Pope will fly to Baku, where he will arrive at 9:30 a.m. local time. After the official welcome, will follow Mass in the Church of the Salesian Center and a lunch with the Salesian community; the protocol welcome ceremony in the Square of the Presidential Palace in Genclik; a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic Ilham Aliyev, still in the Presidential Palace; the meeting with the authorities in the “Heydar Aliyev” Center; the private meeting with the sheikh of Muslims of the Caucasus in aHeydar flies Aliyev; the meeting with the Orthodox Bishop of Baku and the president of the Jewish Community. After the farewell ceremony at the airport, at 7:15 p.m., Pope Francis will fly back to Rome, arriving at Ciampino airport at 10 p.m.