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Pope to visit 3 Caucasus nations

April 11, 2016

The Holy See Press Office has announced that Pope Francis will make a two-part apostolic journey to the Caucasus region.

From June 24 to 26, the Pontiff will visit Armenia, a nation of 3.0 million. Only 6% of its people are Catholic, while 93% are members of the Armenian Apostolic Church, which ceased to be in full communion with the Holy See following the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon in 451.

From September 30 to October 2, Pope Francis will visit Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Georgia, a nation of 3.7 million, is 84% Eastern Orthodox, 10% Muslim, and 2% Catholic, while Azerbaijan, a nation of 9.6 million with fewer than 1,000 Catholics, is 93% Muslim and 3% Eastern Orthodox.

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