Baku. Malahat Najafova – APA. An official welcoming ceremony has been held for Pope Francis, who arrived in Baku Oct.2 on a pastoral visit.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev welcomed Pope Francis.
The anthems of Azerbaijan and Vatican were played.
President Aliyev and Pope Francis reviewed the guard of honor.
The Pope saluted the Azerbaijani soldiers.
Then, a meeting between Pope Francis and President Ilham Aliyev started.