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POPE´S PROGRAM FOR DAY OF PRAYER FOR PEACE

VATICAN CITY, JAN. 7, 2002 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican Press Office has released the schedule that John Paul II will follow on Jan. 24 when he travels to Assisi, Italy, to participate in the world day of prayer for peace.

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Thursday, 24 January 2002 Vatican City

08.30 DEPARTURE by train from the Railway Station of Vatican City to Assisi.

10.30 ARRIVAL at the Railway Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi).

Welcome by the Representative of the Italian Government, the Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, the Prefect of Perugia and the Mayor of Assisi, at the Railway Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi).

TRANSFER by car from the Railway Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi) to the Lower Saint Francis´ Square in Assisi.

11.00 TESTIMONIALS TO PEACE by the Representatives of the various Religions in the Lower Saint Francis´ Square in Assisi. Introductory Monition by Cardinal François Xavier Nguyên Van Thuân, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Testimonials from Representatives of the Orthodox Churches, the Anglican Communion, the Churches originated by the Reformation, Hinduism, the Traditional African Religions, Buddhism, Hebraism and Islamic World. Speech by the Holy Father.

12.00 TRANSFER of the Representatives of the various Religions to the different locations assigned within Assisi.

12.30 PRAYER FOR PEACE by the Representatives of the various Religions in the different locations assigned within Assisi. The Holy Father presides the prayer of the Christians in the Lower Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi.

13.30 Fraternal meal in the Dining Hall of the Sacred Convent of Assisi.

15.00 SHORT REST.

15.30 COMMON COMMITMENT TO PEACE AND FAREWELL in Lower Saint Francis´ Square in Assisi. Introductory Monition by Cardinal Francis Arinze, President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue. Reading in English, Arab and Italian of the common commitment to peace. The Holy Father lights a lamp of the candelabrum, followed by all the Representatives of the various Religions. Short exhortation by the Holy Father. Monition by Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The exchanging of a sign of peace between the Representatives of the various Religions and with the Holy Father.

16.30 TRANSFER by car from Lower Saint Francis´ Square to the Proto-Monastery of Saint Clare in Assisi.

Short private visit to the Proto-Monastery of Saint Clare, to meet the Poor Clare in the Basilica of Saint Clare in Assisi.

TRANSFER by car from the Basilica of Saint Clare to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi).

Short private visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels to meet Members of the Grey-Friars Religious Community.

17.30 TRANSFER by car from the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels to the Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi).

Farewell by the Representative of the Italian Government, the Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino, the Prefect of Perugia and the Mayor of Assisi, at the Railway Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi).

17.45 DEPARTURE by train from the Railway Station of Saint Mary of the Angels (Assisi) to Vatican City.

19.45 ARRIVAL at the Railway Station of Vatican City.

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