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YEREVAN. – Pope Francis handed over crosses to Ani and Robert – children who were the first to welcome his at Zvartnots airport with apricots and lavash.

9-year-old Ani is a pianist and the winner of international competitions. She says it was a great honor to welcome Pope Francis during his visit to the first Christian nation.

“Pope Francis blessed this cross. I like it very much and will never put it aside. I hope that Pope’s visit will bring peace to Artsakh,” Ani said.

Robert also said he was happy to welcome the pontiff.

“I am proud to welcome Pope with Armenian apricots,” he added.

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