POPE DEPARTS ON HIS APOSTOLIC TRIP TO
VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2007 (VIS) - At 9 a.m.
this morning, the Pope departed by plane from Rome's Fiumicino
airport bound for Brazil. The 9,477-kilometer flight is expected to
last twelve and a half hours and the papal plane is scheduled to
land at the international airport of Sao Paulo / Guarulhos in Brazil
at 4.30 p.m. local time, 9.30 p.m. in Rome.
The Holy Father will be greeted at the airport by Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva, the president of the Federal Republic of Brazil. Following
the welcome ceremony, during which Benedict XVI will deliver a talk,
the Pope will travel by helicopter to the "Campo de Marte" airport
where he will be received by the local authorities.
At 6.10 p.m. (11.10 p.m. in Rome), the Holy Father will travel by
popemobile to the monastery of Sao Bento where he will be staying
during his time in Sao Paulo. The complex of buildings includes,
apart from the Benedictine monastery, the Sao Benito College, one of
the most prestigious schools in Sao Paulo, and the basilica of Our
Lady of the Assumption.
Following a moment of prayer in the monastery's chapel, the Pope
will appear at the balcony to greet and bless the faithful gathered
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