Pope Francis in Georgia: warm welcome

October 2, 2016

Pope Francis visited Georgia on his way to Azerbaijan. On Sunday morning the farewell delegation in Tbilisi airport said good-buy to Pope Francis. Georgia’s Presidential couple Giorgi Margvelashvili and Maka Chichua were personally attended on the farewell ceremony.

The Pope Francis thanks for the warm welcome in Georgia, during his two-day visit he met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II, Presidential couole, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze and other top officials.

Pope Francis visit to the Svetitskhoveli Patriarchal Cathedral in Mtskheta, the seat of the Orthodox Church of Georgia. He was accompanied by Ilia II and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. The Pope called Svetitskhoveli a “magnificent Cathedral” that housed “so many treasures of faith and history” and said it “invites us to remember the past”.