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Pope visits Azerbaijan: Official welcoming ceremony held for Pope Francis in Baku

Pope Francis visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct.2 Trend: An official welcoming ceremony has been held for Pope Francis, who is on a pastoral visit in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

A guard of honor was arranged for the Pontiff on the square decorated with the flags of Azerbaijan and the Holy See. The chief of the guard of honor reported to President Aliyev.

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Priests, religious people and those faithful to the Roman Catholic Church expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for his visit to Azerbaijan.

Ordinary of the Church of the Virgin Mary's Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic Church) in Azerbaijan Vladimir Fekete read out a gratifying letter.

“Dear Holy Father, fourteen years ago, some of us have had the privilege to meet your predecessor, John Paul II in this city,” Fekete said.

“This event was truly a miracle and up to now we are reaping the abundant spiritual fruits of that visit,” he said. “You, understand very well the meaning of words as discrimination, marginalization and poverty very well.”

“At the same time you are trying to tell to the world how change these words and these realities change into new words and realities: mercy, kindness, tolerance and all other synonyms of the word – charity,” he added.

“It is very significant for us that your visit takes place during the Jubilee Year of Mercy,” he said.

“Dear Holy Father, on behalf of the faithful, priests and religious of the Apostolic Prefecture in Azerbaijan, I express our gratitude and joy for your presence among us, for your words of encouragement, proclaimed during the homily and through your example of life, fully consecrated to the Kingdom of God,” he said.

Pope Francis visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku - as part of his official visit to Azerbaijan. A guard of honor was lined up for the Pope in the Alley of Martyrs. The anthems of Azerbaijan and Vatican were played.

Faith and service cannot be separated; on the contrary, they are intimately linked, interwoven with each other, Pope Francis said at the holy mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Baku Oct. 2.

“In order to explain this, I would like to take an image very familiar to you, that of a beautiful carpet,” he said. “Your carpets are true works of art and have an ancient heritage. The Christian life that each of you has, also comes from afar.”

“It is a gift we received in the Church which comes from the heart of God our Father, who wishes to make each of us a masterpiece of creation and of history,” he said.

 

 

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