Pope Francis’ plane has just landed in Armenia.
At Zvartnots International Airport the Pope was welcomed by Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and Mrs. Rita Sargsyan, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, state officials and diplomats, bishops of the Armenian Apostolic and Catholic Churches.
The Pope was greeted by “Little Singers of Armenia” children’s choir headed by Tigran Hekekyan. Children in Armenian traditional costumes served Armenian apricot and lavash, the Armenian bread included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
It’s worth mentioning that the apricot is called prunus Armeniaca in Latin, which means Armenian plum.
The delegation will head for the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin for a prayer at the Mother Cathedral. The Pope will later arrive in Yerevan for a meeting with President Serzh Sargsyan.