Program of Pope's Apostolic Trip to Brazil
VATICAN CITY, APR 12, 2007 (VIS) - The Holy
See Press Office has released the program of the Pope's forthcoming
apostolic trip to Brazil, due to take place from May 9 to 14, for
the occasion of the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of
Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Holy Father will depart from Rome's Fiumicino airport at 9 a.m.
on Wednesday, May 9, arriving at the international airport of Sao
Paulo / Guarulhos at 4.30 p.m. The welcome ceremony will be followed
by an address from the Holy Father after which, at 5.30 p.m., he is
due to fly by helicopter to the Campo de Marte airport where he will
greet the local authorities. From there he will journey by open-top
car to the monastery of Sao Bento where he will bless the faithful
and spend the night.
On Thursday, May 10, he is due to celebrate Mass privately in the
chapel of the monastery and, at around 10.30 a.m., to travel to the
"Palacio dos Bandeirantes" in Sao Paulo to pay a courtesy visit to
the president of the republic. Returning to the monastery of Sao
Bento, the Holy Father will meet with representatives from other
Christian confessions and other religions before lunching with
members of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil. At 5.30
p.m., the Pope will travel to the "Paulo Machado de Carvalho"
municipal stadium of Pacaembu where, at 6 p.m., he will deliver an
address to the young people gathered there.
The following day, May 11, on Sao Paulo's Campo de Marte field, the
Holy Father will preside at a Mass during which he will canonize
Blessed Frei Galvao. At 4 p.m. that afternoon, having bid farewell
to his hosts at the monastery of Sao Bento, he will address
Brazilian bishops in the cathedral of Sao Paulo.
At 6 p.m., the Holy Father is due to depart by helicopter from Campo
de Marte airport and fly to Aparecida, arriving at 7 p.m.. Having
greeted the local authorities there, he will travel to the Bom Jesus
seminary to spend the night.
On Saturday, May 12, having celebrated Mass privately in the
seminary chapel, the Pope will travel by car to the Fazenda da
Esperanca in Guaratingueta, where he will visit the church and meet
the community living there. Returning to the Bom Jesus seminary, the
Pope will lunch with representatives of the Fifth General Conference
of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean. That afternoon
he is due to go by car to the shrine of Aparecida where, having
prayed the Rosary in the basilica, he will meet with priests,
religious, seminarians and deacons.
On Sunday, May 13, the Pope will be taken in an open-top vehicle
from the Bom Jesus seminary to the shrine of Aparecida where he will
celebrate Mass to inaugurate the Fifth General Conference of the
Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean, and pray the Regina
Coeli. That afternoon he is to pronounce an address during the
opening session of the conference. At 6.50 p.m., having bid farewell
to the staff and students of the Bom Jesus seminary, he will travel
by helicopter from Apaercida to the international airport of Sao
Paulo / Guarulhos where he will greet the authorities and deliver a
talk before boarding his aircraft for Rome, where he is due to
arrive at 12.45 p.m. on May 14.
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