December 12
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Refugees from Syria will also welcome Pope Francis to Armenia, reported Wiadomości newspaper of Poland, reflecting on the Pontiff’s visit to Armenia, from Friday to Sunday.

As per the newspaper, we need to pay attention to the message of peace with which the Pope is heading for the Caucasus, and this message is especially significant in terms of the still-unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Wiadomości wrote that another important, painful, and complicated matter is the massacre of over one million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and whether or not this should be called genocide. 

The Polish newspaper also noted that Armenia’s Christian roots are expected to be at the focus of attention during the visit to the country by the head of the Catholic Church, since Armenia is the first country to officially adopt Christianity as a state religion.

Wiadomości added that the Bishop of Rome will also pay a visit to Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia. He will offer a Holy Mass at the Gyumri town square. Pope Francis will also visit an orphanage, the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of the Seven Wounds, and then the Holy Martyrs Armenian Catholic Cathedral, where refugees from Syria will also welcome him.

As per the Polish newspaper, at the end of his trip to Armenia, the Pontiff will visit the Khor Virap Monastery on the border with Turkey, and not far from Mount Ararat. Here, the Pope and the Catholicos of All Armenians will release white doves into the sky.

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