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Vatican releases pope’s schedule for May visit to Fatima

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VATICAN CITY — Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of rosary and celebrate Mass on the anniversary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal May 12-13.

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried through a crowd in 2016 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis visit Portugal May 12-13. (CNS photo/Paulo Chunho, EPA)

A statue of Our Lady of Fatima is carried through a crowd in 2016 at the Marian shrine of Fatima in central Portugal. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis visit Portugal May 12-13. (CNS photo/Paulo Chunho, EPA)

The pope will make the two-day pilgrimage to the site where Mary appeared to three shepherd children May 13, 1917. The apparitions continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church.

During his visit, the pope also will meet with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and have lunch with the bishops of Portugal.

Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the Marian shrine, following in the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, who each made visits on a May 13 to mark the anniversary of the first apparition.

Here is the schedule for the pope’s trip to Fatima as released by the Vatican March 20. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses:

Friday, May 12 (Rome, Fatima)

  • 2 p.m. (8 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
  • 4:20 p.m. (11:20 a.m.) Arrival at Monte Real air base in Leiria, Portugal. Welcoming ceremony.
  • 4:35 p.m. (11:35 a.m.) Private meeting with the president of Portugal at the Monte Real Air Base.
  • 4:55 p.m. (11:55 a.m.) Visit to the Monte Real air base chapel.
  • 5:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Fatima stadium.
  • 5:35 p.m. (12:35 p.m.) Arrival at Fatima stadium and transfer to the shrine.
  • 6:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m.) Visit and prayer at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions.
  • 9:30 p.m. (4:15 p.m.) Blessing of the candles at the chapel. Speech by pope and recitation of the rosary.

Saturday, May 13

  • 9:10 a.m. (4:10 a.m.) Meeting with prime minister of Portugal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel house in Fatima.
  • 9:40 a.m. (4:40 a.m.) Visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary at Fatima.
  • 10 a.m. (5 a.m.) Outdoor Mass at the basilica. Homily by pope. Greeting by pope to the sick.
  • 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) Lunch with the bishops of Portugal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel house in Fatima.
  • 2:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at the Monte Real air base.
  • 3 p.m. (10 a.m.) Departure for Rome.
  • 7:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport.

 

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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will visit the Nazi death camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau during his visit to Poland for World Youth Day in Krakow.

He will also commemorate the 1,050th anniversary of Christianity in Poland, pray at the icon of the “Black Madonna” of Czestochowa, and hear confessions and have lunch with some of the young people attending the youth day gathering.

St. Mary's Basilica anchors one corner of the main square in Krakow, Poland. The city, once the royal capital of Poland, will host the international World Youth Day in July. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) S

St. Mary’s Basilica anchors one corner of the main square in Krakow, Poland. The city, once the royal capital of Poland, will host the international World Youth Day in July. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec) S

The pope’s visit July 27-31 will be his 15th trip outside of Italy. He will visit three cities, give eight speeches and celebrate three Masses.

Pope Francis will be visiting Auschwitz the year that marks the 75th anniversary of the death of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who offered his life for another prisoner at the camp during World War II. The official WYD website, krakow2016.com, said the pope is expected to meet with camp survivors and pray alone in the bunker where Father Kolbe had been locked up.

While the pope will be meeting with Polish government authorities as well as bishops and religious from Poland, the focus of his visit will be the closing events of World Youth Day, which has the theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.”

Pope Francis will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Krakow and walk through its Holy Door of Mercy. Local organizers said he may pray before the tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska, who is buried there.

The 2016 WYD celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youth in their dioceses. The first international gathering, now held every two or three years, was in 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Pope Francis was born and ministered before becoming pope.

In Krakow, the pope will visit a pediatric hospital, lead a Way of the Cross with young people and hold a prayer vigil the evening before the closing Mass of World Youth Day, which is expected to draw more than 1 million people, according to some government officials.

Here is the detailed schedule released by the Vatican. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses:

Wednesday, July 27 (Rome, Krakow)

  • 2 p.m. (8 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
  • 4 p.m. (10 a.m.) Arrival at John Paul II International Airport in Krakow-Balice. Welcoming ceremony.
  • 5 p.m. (11 a.m.) Meeting with government authorities and the diplomatic corps in the courtyard of Wawel Royal Castle in Krakow. Speech by pope.
  • 5:40 p.m. (11:40 p.m.) Courtesy visit with President Andrzej Duda of Poland at Wawel Castle.
  • 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.) Meeting with Polish bishops in Krakow’s cathedral. Speech by pope.

Thursday, July 28 (Krakow, Czestochowa, Krakow)

  • 7:40 a.m. (1:40 a.m.) Transfer by car to airport with a stop at the Convent of the Sisters of the Presentation.
  • 8:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Czestochowa.
  • 9:45 a.m. (3:45 a.m.) Arrival at the Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa and prayer in the chapel of the “Black Madonna.”
  • 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m.) Mass near the shrine to mark the 1,050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland. Homily by pope.
  • 12:45 p.m. (6:45 a.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Krakow.
  • 5:30 p.m. (11:30 a.m.) Welcoming ceremony at gathering with young people in Blonia Park. Speech by pope.

Friday, July 29 (Krakow, Oswiecim, Krakow)

  • 8:45 a.m. (2:45 a.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Oswiecim.
  • 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.) Visit to Auschwitz.
  • 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m.) Visit to Birkenau extermination camp. Speech by pope.
  • 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Krakow.
  • 4:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.) Visit to University Children’s Hospital. Speech by pope.
  • 6 p.m. (noon) Way of the Cross with youth in Blonia Park. Speech by pope.

Saturday, July 30 (Krakow)

  • 8:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m.) Visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine.
  • 9 a.m. (3 a.m.) Walk through the Holy Door of Mercy.
  • 9:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.) Hearing confessions of young people in the shrine.
  • 10:30 a.m. (4:30 a.m.) Mass with priests, men and women religious, consecrated persons and seminarians from Poland in the St. John Paul II Shrine. Homily by pope.
  • 12:45 p.m. (6:45 a.m.) Lunch with young people in the archbishop’s residence.
  • 7 p.m. (1 p.m.) Arrival at “Campus Misericordiae” (“Field of Mercy”) and walk through the Holy Door with a small group of young people.
  • 7:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m.) Prayer vigil with youth at the “Field of Mercy.” Speech by pope.

Sunday, July 31 (Krakow, Rome)

  • 10 a.m. (4 a.m.) Mass at the “Field of Mercy” to mark World Youth Day. Homily and Angelus by pope.
  • 5 p.m. (11 a.m.) Meeting with WYD volunteers, the local organizing committee and benefactors at the Tauron Arena. Speech by pope.
  • 6:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m.) Farewell ceremony at the Krakow-Balice airport.
  • 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.) Departure from the Krakow-Balice airport.
  • 8:25 p.m. (2:25 p.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport.
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