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LIVE: Pope Francis visits President of the Republic, authorites and Patriarch Ilia II

Pope Francis makes a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic, Giorgi Margvelashvili. ; Afterwards, he will also meet in the courtyard of the presidential palace with authorities, members of the civil society and the diplomatic corps. Here he is expected to make his first big speech regarding the region. Later, he will travel to the Patriarchate to meet with the Orthodox Patriarch, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of all Georgia. ; The encounter will commence at 3:45 p.m., local Georgia time. ;