“Please accompany me with your prayers so we can sow peace, unity and reconciliation together,” Pope Francis wrote on Twitter on the day of his departure for Georgia.
After meeting with the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, on Friday night, Pope Francis said he was glad to have had the opportunity to visit Georgia. Patriarch Ilia welcomed Francis as “my dear brother.”
Apart from Patriarch Ilia II, Pope Francis also met with Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili and Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on Friday. Saturday is the second and last day of Pope Francis’s visit to Georgia. On Sunday, the head of the Roman Catholic Church will travel from Tbilisi to Azerbaijan’s capital, Baku.