Vatican confirms the Pope’s schedule

Saturday, 15 November 2014 00:30 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Vatican yesterday confirmed the schedule for the 2015 Apostolic Voyage of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Pope Francis will leave Rome on January 12, and return on 19 January. Archbishop Socrates Villegas, President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, said at a press conference in Manila that Pope Francis is bringing the “joy of Gospel personally, to us, on the five special days in January that we have officially announced”. But the Bishops reiterated that the papal visit “carries a message of pastoral love, mercy and compassion” and it is “through the understanding and living out of this message that the grace will flow”. The Apostolic Voyage of Pope Francis to Sri Lanka Program Monday 12 January 2015 19:00 Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for Colombo Tuesday 13 January 2015 09:00 Arrival at the International Airport in Colombo Welcoming ceremony (speech by Pope Francis) 13:15 Speech to the Bishops of Sri Lanka At the Archdiocese of Colombo 17:00 Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic At the Presidential residence 18:15 Interreligious meeting at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (Speech by Pope Francis) Wednesday 14 January 2015 08:30 Holy Mass and Canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo (Homily by Pope Francis) 14:00 Transfer by helicopter to Madhu 15:30 Marian Prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary at Madhu (Speech by Pope Francis) 16:45 Transfer by Helicopter to Colombo Thursday 15 January 2015 08:15 Visit to the Chapel ‘Our Lady of Lanka’ at Bolawalana 08:45 Departure ceremony from the International Airport of Colombo 09:00 Departure by plane from Colombo to Manila (Colombo Gazette)