Pope Francis departed Rome’s Fiumicino airport just after 9am this morning for a three day Apostolic visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan.

The Holy Father is due to touch down in the Georgian capital Tbilisi at 3.00pm local time.

Following a welcoming ceremony at Tbilisi’s international airport the Pope will pay a courtesy visit to the President of Georgia followed by a meeting with authoriites and diplomatics.

Pope Francis’ visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan continues until 2 October.