Middle East Analysis

What's the significance of the Pope's three-day Apostolic Visit to Armenia?

24/06/2016 4:44 pm

24 - 26 June 2016

Pope Francis has arrived in Armenia for a three-day Apostolic Visit and has been welcomed by the President, Serzh Sargsyn, and the Catholicos of All Armenia, Karekin II.

The Catholic Patriarch of Armenia, Grégoire Pierre XX, also greeted the Holy Father.

Armenia is a mountainous republic that borders Iran, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan. It was also the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301.

Today's Middle East Analysis podcast brings our MENA consultant Dr Harry Hagopian into the studio to talk about the Pope's 14th overseas visit - always handy to have an Armenian on-hand when you need one!

Dr Hagopian discusses the context of the visit and covers, among other things, relations between the Armenian Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church and the 1915 Genocide.

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Total duration: 14m 4s


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