Vatican City, (AFP) -The Pope Francis should go for the first time in Armenia, a country with ancient Christian traditions, in the second half of June, said Friday the Press Office of the Holy See.
“A pope’s visit to Armenia is under consideration, probably during the second half of June,” he told reporters spokesman for the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi. He was reacting to the announcement of a site close to the Vatican, “he sismógrafo”, in which Jorge Bergoglio will visit Armenia from 22 to 26 June The dates are not yet finalized, has insisted the spokesman, explaining that the head of papal trips, the Colombian Bishop Mauricio Rueda Beltz, still had to get there before the pope approves the final program.
April 12, 2015, in the most solemn part of the St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope had used the term “genocide” to refer to the massacre of Armenians a century ago during the Ottoman Empire. This had led to a deterioration of diplomatic relations with Turkey, where the Argentine pontiff had yet visited late November 2014.
Fifteen years after the visit by John Paul II in 2001 in Armenia, Francis will visit again a country of the periphery of Europe where Catholics are a minority, after Albania and Bosnia. An autocephalous Orthodox Church has a large majority in this country was the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301.