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Monday 20th March 2000

ITALY

Fiumicino (Rome)

09.00 DEPARTURE from Leonardo da Vinci Airport (Fiumicino-Rome) to Amman (Jordan).

Jordan

Amman

14.00 ARRIVAL at Queen Alia International Airport - Amman.

WELCOME CEREMONY at Queen Alia International Airport. Speech by His Holiness.

Madaba

15.15 PRIVATE VISIT to the ancient Monastery (Memorial of Moses) on Mount Nebo at Madaba.

Amman

18.15 COURTESY VISIT TO HIS MAJESTY THE KING at the Royal Palace in Amman.

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Tuesday 21st March 2000

09.00 HOLY MASS at Amman Stadium (Al-Hussein Sports City). Homily by the Holy Father.

12.00 MEETING WITH PATRIARCH AND BISHOPS at the Latin Vicariate of Amman.

Wadi Al-Kharrar

15.45 VISIT to Wadi-Al Kharrar, in the Jordan Valley.

Amman

16.30 FAREWELL CEREMONY at Queen Alia International Airport, Amman.

17.00 DEPARTURE from Queen Alia International Airport, Amman to Tel Aviv (Israele).

ISRAEL

Tel Aviv

17.30 ARRIVAL at Ben Gurion International Airport of Tel Aviv.

WELCOME CEREMONY at Ben Gurion International Airport. Speech by the Holy Father.

18.20 DEPARTURE by helicopter from Ben Gurion International Airport to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

18.45 ARRIVAL at the heliport of Jerusalem.

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Wednesday 22nd March 2000

08.15 DEPARTURE from the heliport of Jerusalem to Bethlehem (Autonomous Territories of the National Palestinian Authority).

AUTONOMOUS TERRITORIES OF THE NATIONAL PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Bethlehem

08.30 ARRIVAL at the official heliport of Bethlehem.

WELCOME CEREMONY at the official heliport. Speech by the His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

10.00 HOLY MASS in Manger Square in front of the Basilica of the Nativity. Homily by the Holy Father.

15.45 PRIVATE VISIT to the Grotto of the Nativity, Bethlehem.

16.15 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY at the presidential Palace, Bethlehem.

Deheisha

17.15 VISIT TO THE REFUGEE CAMP of Deheisha. Speech by the Holy Father.

Bethlehem

18.30 DEPARTURE CEREMONY at the official heliport of Bethlehem.

19.00 DEPARTURE by helicopter from Bethlehem to Jerusalem (Israel).

ISRAEL

Jerusalem

19.15 ARRIVAL at Jerusalem heliport.

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Thursday 23rd March 2000

08.30 PRIVATE HOLY MASS at the Cenacle Chapel in Jerusalem.

11.00 COURTESY VISIT TO THE TWO CHIEF RABBIS OF ISRAEL at the Seat of the Great Rabbinate of Israel Heykhal Shlomo.

11.30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL at the Presidential Palace.

12.30 VISIT TO THE HALL OF REMEMBRANCE AT YAD VASHEM (Jerusalem). Speech of the Holy Father.

17.45 INTER-RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER at the Auditorium of the Notre Dame Pontifical Institute, Jerusalem. Speech by the Holy Father.

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Friday 24th March 2000

08.15 DEPARTURE by helicopter from Jerusalem to Korazim.

Korazim

09.15 ARRIVAL at the heliport of Korazim.

10.00 MASS FOR YOUTH in front of the Domus Galilaeae on the Mount of Beatitudes at Korazim. Homily by the Holy Father.

16.00 MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER OF ISRAEL at the Lounge of the House of the Sanctuary at Mount of Beatitudes.

Tabgha

16.45 PRIVATE VISIT to the Church of the Multiplcation of Loaves at Tabgha.

17.10 PRIVATE VISIT to the Church of the Primacy at Tabgha.

Capernaum

17.40 PRIVATE VISIT to the Sanctuary of the House of Peter at Capernaum.

18.15 DEPARTURE in helicopter from the Capernaum heliport to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

19.15 ARRIVAL at Jerusalem heliport.

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Saturday 25th March 2000

08.15 DEPARTURE by helicopter from Jerusalem to Nazareth.

Nazareth

09.00 ARRIVAL at the Nazareth heliport.

09.20 PRAYER at the Grotto of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

10.00 HOLY MASS in the Basilica of the Annunciation. Homily by the Holy Father.

12.50 DEPARTURE in helicopter from Nazareth to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem

13.30 ARRIVAL at the Jerusalem heliport.

17.00 GREETINGS TO THE CONSULS GENERAL at the Apostolic Delegation in Jerusalem.

17.30 PRIVATE VISIT to the Basilica of the Garden of Gethsemane in Jerusalem.

18.00 ECUMENICAL MEETING in the Throne Room of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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Sunday 26th March 2000

10.00 COURTESY VISIT TO THE GREAT MUFTI OF JERUSALEM at his Office situated at the Mosques' Esplanade in Jerusalem.

10.30 VISIT to the Western Wall of Jerusalem.

11.30 HOLY MASS in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Homily by the Holy Father.

RECITATION OF THE ANGELUS at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Brief Speech by His Holiness.

14.30 MEETING WITH PATRIARCHS AND BISHOPS at the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

18.00 DEPARTURE by helicopter from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Tel Aviv

18.30 ARRIVAL at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.

DEPARTURE CEREMONY at Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv.

19.00 DEPARTURE from Ben Gurion International Airport, Tel Aviv to Rome, Ciampino Airport.

ITALY

Ciampino (Rome)

22.45 ARRIVAL at Ciampino Airport (Rome).

Note: The eventual inclusion of a brief visit by the Holy Father to Al-Maghtas, in the Jordan Valley near Jericho, is still under study by the authorities in whose jurisdiction this lies. The decision will be communicated as soon as it has been taken.

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