The 86-year-old’s presence in the East Asian country was eagerly awaited by the small Catholic community – he is the first pope to visit Mongolia. Before his first major speech (04:20 CEST) to government and civil society representatives, the pontiff will meet with Mongolian President Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh for a discussion. He will then meet with Prime Minister Luwsannamsrajn Ojuun-Erdene and Speaker of Parliament Gombojav Zandanshatar. In the afternoon he meets with the clergy at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. During his visit, Francis mainly intends to strengthen the Catholic community with almost 1,500 members and promote dialogue between religions.