|POPE TO VISIT PRECA TOMB, SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE
VATICAN CITY, MAY 9, 2001 (VIS) - Pope John Paul, after the Mass and beatifications this
morning, left St. Publius Square, also known as the Granaries, in Floriana and returned to the
apostolic nunciature in Rabat where he had lunch with the Maltese bishops and the cardinals and
bishops of the papal entourage.
On the Pope's schedule for this afternoon is a visit to Hamrun and the Church of Our Lady of the
Miraculous Medal which houses the tomb of Blessed George Preca, who was beatified earlier in the
day. The Pope will be welcomed by the superiors general of the male and female branches of the
Society of Christian Doctrine (SCD), founded by Blessed Preca in Malta in 1907
and located in a
building next to the church.
After his private visit to the church and tomb of Blessed Preca, the Holy Father will go to the SCD
auditorium for a liturgy of the Word and will speak to those assembled.
At 6 p.m. the Pope is scheduled to go directly from the SCD Center to Gudja International Airport
where there will be a farewell ceremony before he departs for the hour and a half flight back to