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Lombardi: Armenian apricots are quite popular worldwide

Pope, Armenia, apricotsThe Armenian apricots are quite popular worldwide and I liked them very much, Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, said at a briefing with local and foreign journalists Friday.

“We are happy to have tried them; I liked them very much,” Federico Lombardi noted.

Pope Francis was greeted with apricots and Armenian lavash bread Friday.

From June 24 to 26, the Pontifex will stay in Armenia, the first Christian nation, as the motto of his visit says.

Pope hands over crosses to children who welcomed him at Yerevan airport

Pope Francis handed over crosses to Ani and Robert – children who were the first to welcome his at Zvartnots airport with apricots and lavash.

9-year-old Ani is a pianist and the winner of international competitions. She says it was a great honor to welcome Pope Francis during his visit to the first Christian nation.

“Pope Francis blessed this cross. I like it very much and will never put it aside. I hope that Pope’s visit will bring peace to Artsakh,” Ani said.

Robert also said he was happy to welcome the pontiff.

“I am proud to welcome Pope with Armenian apricots,” he added.