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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Speaking about peace in Assisi

The Holy Father will travel to Assisi on September 20, 2016 to commemorate the World Day of Prayer for Peace which is focusing on the theme: Thirst for peace.  Religions and Cultures in dialogue.


Itinerary for the Holy Father's voyage to Assisi
for the World Day of Prayer for Peace

Tuesday, 20 September 2016
10:30am
Departure from the Vatican heliport

11:05am
Arrival at the Migaghelli Sports Field in Santa Maria degli Angeli
The Holy Father will be welcomed by His Excellency, Dominico Sorrentino, Archbishop-Bishop of Assisi-Nocera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino; the Honourable Catiuscia Marini, President of the Region of Umbria; Doctor Raffaele Cannizzaro, Prefect of Perugia; and Doctor Stefania Proietti, Mayor of Assisi.

11:30am
Arrival at the Sacred Convent of Assisi
The Holy Father will be welcomed by Father Mauro Gambetti, Custos of the Sacred Convent; His Holiness, Bartholomew I, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople; a Muslim representative; His Grace, Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury; His Holiness, Efrem II, Syrian-Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch; a Jewish representative; and the Supreme Head of the Tendai (Japan)

All together, they will go to the Cloister of Saint Sixtus IV, where they will meet representatives of other world Churches and Religions as well as the Bishops of Umbria.

12:00noon
The Holy Father will individually greet the various representatives

1:00pm
Lunch with representatives in the refectory of the Sacred Convent, including some victims of war
Doctor Marco Impagliazzo, President of the Sant'Egidio Community will recall the XXV anniversary of His Holiness, Bartholomew I as Patriarch.

3:15pm
The Holy Father will meet one-on-one with His Holiness, Bartholomew I; a Muslim representative; His Grace, Archbishop Justin Welby; His Holiness, Patriarch Efrem II; and a Jewish representative.

4:00pm
In various places, there will be a moment of prayer for peace, including the Ecumenical Prayer of Christians inside the Minor Basilica of Saint Francis.

5:00pm
At the conclusion of the prayer service, the various participants will leave the Minor Basilica, and will meet with representatives of other religions, who will have been praying in other places; they will then take their places on a stage in the Square.

5:15pm
Concluding ceremony in Saint Francis Square
Greetings will be offered by His Excellency, Domenico Sorrentino, Archbishop-Bishop of Assisi-Norcera Umbra-Gualdo Tadino.

Messages will include a testimonial from a victim of war; words from Patriarch Bartholomew I; greetings from a Muslim representative; greetings from a Jewish representative; greetings from the Japanese Buddhist Patriarch; and greetings from Professor Andrea Riccardi, Founder of the Sant'Egidio Community.

The Holy Father will then share a speech.

There will be a reading of a Call to Peace, which will be entrusted to children from various countries.

There will be a moment of silence for victims of war, and then the Call to Peace will be signed and two candelabra will be lit.

 All will exchange a sign of peace.

6:30pm
The Holy Father will leave and travel by car to the heliport at Santa Maria degli Angeli.

7:00pm
Departure of the helicopter from the Migaghelli Sports Field in Santa Maria degli Angeli.

7:35
Arrival of the papal helicopter at the Vatican.
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