Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Pope Francis' Rio Travel Schedule

Via Vatican Insider:

On the afternoon of 22 July, the Pope will receive an official welcome at the Rio de Janeiro/GaleãoAntonio Carlos Jobim International Airport; at 17:00 there will be a Papal Welcoming Ceremony at the garden of the Palácio Guanabara, where the Pope will give his first speech. Then the reception protocol will be made by President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. During his stay in Brazil, Francis will be staying at the Residência do Sumaré (Sumaré Residence).

On Wednesday 24 July, the Pope will leave the Sumaré Residence by helicopter and visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, where he is expected to venerate an image of Mary in the hall of the Twelve Apostles; a Mass will then be celebrated in the Shrine’s basilica, with a homily by Francis; in the late afternoon the Pope will visit the São Francisco da Tijuca Hospital, where he will give a speech.

On Thursday 25 July he will celebrate a private Mass inside his residence, as he does in the Vatican; Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes will hand over the keys of the city to the Holy Father and there will be a short meeting with representatives of the sporting world, with the Blessing of the Olympic flags; at 11:00 he will visit the Varginha slum in Rio de Janeiro’s Northern Zone, 33 years after Blessed John Paul II visited a slum in another area of the city. The Varginha community was recently pacified by the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro. In the late afternoon the Pope will participate in a Welcoming Ceremony at Copacabana, where he will give another speech.

On Friday 26 July the Holy Father will hear the confessions of four young people in the Quinta da Boa Vista retirement home, after a private Mass; he will then hold a brief meeting with some young inmates at the Archbishop's Palace St. Joachim; noon, the Pope will pray the Angelus from the central balcony of the palace; at 13:00 the will eat the traditional WYD “lunch with young people from all continents” and at 18:00 he will hold the Via Crucis with the youth.

On Saturday 27 July the Pope will celebrate Mass with bishops, priests, religious and seminarians, in the Catedral São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Cathedral); at 11:30 he will give a speech to Brazil’s leaders in the Teatro Municipal (Municipal Theater); in the evening he will attend a prayer vigil with young people in the Campus Fidei in Guaratiba, where the Pope will give a speech.

On Sunday 28 July at 10 :00, the Pope will celebrate Mass at Campus Fidei, where he will recite the Angelus Domini ; in the afternoon he will meet the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM) at the Centro de Estudos do Sumaré in Rio and then with volunteers of the 28th WYD ; finally, at 18 :30, there will be a farewell ceremony at the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport, where Francis will give his concluding speech ; at 19 :00 the Pope will depart Brazil by plane and is expected to arrive in Rome at 11 :30 on 29 July.

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