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Pope Francis arrives in Georgia
30 September, 2016
Pope Francis has arrived in Georgia. At the Tbilisi International Airport he was met by Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and the First Lady, the Chairman of Parliament Davit Usupashvili and the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II.  

Today, the Pontiff will hold face-to-face meeting with Margvelashvili and later he will visit the Patriarchate of Georgia, to greet Ilia II.

At the Presidential Palace, the Pope and Georgian President will address 300 guests invited for this purpose. Among them are the representatives of different religions, the legislative as well as judicial and executive authorities, international organizations and diplomatic corps.

On October 1, the Pontiff will preach at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium.

Besides, Pope Francis will meet the Assyrian-Chaldean community at the Assyrian-Chaldean Catholic Church, as well as other representatives of Catholic Church in Georgia.

On the last day of the visit, together with Ilia II, Pope Francis will visit the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in the historical town of Mtskheta.

On October 2, Pope Francis will leave Georgian capital for a visit to Azerbaijan.

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