YEREVAN. – Papal motorcade is heading to Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
Earlier the pontiff was welcomed by President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan and the First Lady Rita Sargsyan.
On the first day of his trip Pope Francis will visit to pray at Apostolic Cathedral at Etchmiadzin. The pontiff will pay a courtesy visit to Armenia's President in the Presidential Palace. Later a meeting with civil authorities and the diplomatic corps in the presidential palace is scheduled. Pope will also hold a private meeting with Catholicos in the Apostolic Palace.
On Saturday Pope will also visit Memorial to the Armenian Genocide victims, wil visit Armenia's second largest city of Gyumri and will hold pray for peace in Yerevan’s Republic Square. On the final day of his trip, The Bishop of Rome will head to the Khor Virap monastery near the Turkish border where he will release doves in the direction of Mount Ararat.