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Today's schedule for Pope's trip to Armenia


1p.m. Rome Time - 3:00 p.m. Local time 

Arrival at "Zvartnots" Yerevan International airport. - Welcome ceremony.

1:35 p.m Rome Time - 3:35 p.m. Local time 
A prayer in the Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the apostolic cathedral and home to Catholicos, the supreme head of the Armenian Church. Greetings and best wishes to Catholicos.

4:00 p.m Rome Time - 6:00 p.m. Local time 
A courtesy visit to the President at the Presidential Palace.

4:30 p.m Rome Time - 6:30 p.m. Local time 
Meeting with the civil authorities and the diplomatic corps at the Presidential Palace.

5:30 p.m Rome Time - 7:30 p.m. Local time 
Personal meeting with Catholicos in the Apostolic Palace.