Monday, July 15, 2013

The Pope's Schedule for WYD in Brazil!

( For his forthcoming trip to Rio, PopeFrancis has decided to make a few adjustments to suit his own style. His final schedule is full with of appointments, and will feature landmark moments such as a visit to a Marian shrine and meetings with ill or needy people.

The Pope will leave Rome's Fiumicino airport at 8,45 AM on Monday, July 22nd. After a roughly 12 hour flight he will land in Rio de Janeiro at 4:00 p.m. However, the official welcoming ceremony with president Dilma Rousseff won't be held at the airport, but at the Guanabara palace out in the city.

Then, the Pope will take some time to rest at the residence of Rio's Archbishop. During his first day in Brazil no public meetings are planned, so that Pope Francis can recover from jet-lag.

On Wednesday, the Pope will travel by helicopter to the Nuestra SeƱora de Aparecida shrine, which is about 120 miles from Rio. There he will celebrate Mass and have lunch with a group of young seminarians. 

On his way back, the Pope will also visit the San Francisco de Asis hospital, where AIDS patients are treated. 

On Thursday July 25th, the Pope will receive the 'golden keys' to Rio and will bless the Olympic flags. Then he will visit the Manguinhos slum, where over 50,000 people live. At 6:00p.m. the Pope will attend his first massive gathering with young pilgrims in the Copacabana beach. 

On Friday 26th, he will confess some of the youths and will later meet with a group of young Rio prison inmates. In the evening, he will lead a moving Way of the Cross ceremony along the streets of Rio, where he will pray for the youth and all the challenges they face. 

On Saturday, July 27th, the Pope will attend a meeting with politicians and entrepreneurs at Rio's Municipal Theater. In the evening, he will celebrate a prayer vigil with more than one million youths. 

On Sunday, Pope Francis will end the meeting with an open-air Mass. It's there that he will announce where the next WYD will take place.

Finally, before taking a flight back home, the Pope will meet with Latin American bishops or their representatives. 

The Pope's plane will land in Rome on Monday July 29th at 11,30 a.m. With such a tight schedule, Pope Francis and his entourage are expected to take a few days off to recover from the long trip.

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