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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 9:00 a.m. Departure from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Georgia. 3:00 p.m. ;Arrival at Tbilisi International Airport. Welcome ceremony. - Courtesy visit with the president of the Republic in the presidential palace. - Encounter with the civil authorities and diplomatic corps in the courtyard. ; - The Holy Father will meet with His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of all Georgia, in the Palace of the Patriarchate. ; ;- The day will conclude with a meeting with the Assyrian-Chaldean community in the Chaldean Catholic Church of St. Simon the Tanner. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 - Holy Mass in the M. Meskhi stadium, followed by a meeting with priests and ;religious men and women in the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin. ; - Meeting with the Church's charity workers and those they assist outside the Camillian aid center, followed by a visit to the Svietyskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral of Mskheta. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2 - Farewell ceremony at the airport in Tbilisi International Airport. 9:30 a.m. Arrival at Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Welcome ceremony. - Holy Mass in the Salesian center in Baku. ; - Lunch with the Salesian community. - Later, he will attend the welcome ceremony in the presidential palace of Genclik, and pay a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic. - Meeting with the authorities in the Heydar Aliyev Center. ; - Private meeting with the Sheikh of the Muslims of the Caucasus in the Heydar Aliyev Mosque. - Private meeting with the Orthodox bishop of Baku and the president of the Jewish community. - 7.15 p.m. After the farewell ceremony, the Pope will depart ;for Rome's Ciampino Airport, where he is expected to arrive at 10 p.m. ;