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Final agenda of the Pope's trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan



9:00 a.m. Departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Georgia.

3:00 p.m. Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport. Welcome ceremony.

3:30 p.m. Courtesy visit with the president of the Republic in the presidential palace.

4:00 p.m. Encounter with the civil authorities and diplomatic corps in the courtyard.

4:40 p.m. The Holy Father will meet with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of all Georgia, in the Palace of the Patriarchate.

18:00 p.m. The day will conclude with a meeting with the Assyrian-Chaldean community in the Chaldean Catholic Church of St. Simon the Tanner.


10:00 a.m. Holy Mass in the M. Meskhi stadium.

3:45 p.m. Meeting with priests and religious men and women in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin.

5:00 p.m. Meeting with the Church's charity workers and those they assist outside the Camillian aid center.

6.15 p.m. Visit to the Svietyskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral of Mskheta.


7:55 a.m. Farewell ceremony at Tbilisi International Airport.

8:10 a.m. Flight to Baku.

9:30 a.m. Arrival at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Welcome ceremony.

10:30 a.m. Holy Mass in the Salesian center in Baku.

12:45 p.m. Lunch with the Salesian community.

3:30 p.m. Welcome ceremony in the presidential palace of Genclik, and courtesy visit to the president of the Republic.

4:30 p.m. Visit to "Martyr's Lane”.

5:00 p.m. Meeting with the authorities in the Heydar Aliyev Center.
5:45 p.m. Private meeting with the Sheikh of the Muslims of the Caucasus in the Heydar Aliyev Mosque.

6:00 p.m. Private meeting with other religious leaders of the country.

7:00 p.m. Farewell ceremony at Baku Airport.

7:15 p.m. Departure to Ciampino Airport.

10:00 p.m. Arrival to Ciampino Airport, Rome.