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Monday, March 20, 2017

Pope Francis to visit Fatimà

Today, the Holy See Press Centre published the itinerary for the Holy Father's visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatimà to mark the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three shepherd children in the Cova da Iria.  His Holiness has accepted the invitation issued by the President of the Republic of Portugal and the Bishops of that country to make a pilgrimage to the site of the apparitions on May 12 and 13 of this year.


Itinerary for the visit of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
to the Cova da Iria, site of the apparitions of
Our Lady of Fatimà

Friday, 12 May 2017
2:00pm
Departure by aircraft from Rome's Fumicino International Airport, destination Monte Real (Portugal)

4:20pm
Arrival at the Monte Real Air Base
Welcoming ceremony

4:35pm
Private meeting with the President of the Republic of Portugal at the Monte Real Air Base

4:55pm
Visit to the chapel at the Air Base

5:15pm
Transfer by helicopter to the stadium in Fatimà

5:35pm
Arrival at the stadium in Fatimà and transfer by open-air vehicle to the Shrine

6:15pm
Visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions
Prayer of the Holy Father

9:30pm
Blessing of candles outside the Chapel of the Apparitions
Greetings offered by the Holy Father
Recitation of the Holy Rosary

Saturday, 13 May 2017
9:10am
Meeting with the Prime Minister in the House of Our Lady of Carmo

9:40am
Visit to the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima

10:00am
Holy Mass in the courtyard outside the Shrine
Homily by the Holy Father
Greetings of the Holy Father offered to the sick

12:30pm
Lunch with the Bishops of Portugal in the House of Our Lady of Carmo

2:45pm
Departure ceremony at the Monte Real Air Base

3:00pm
Departure from the Monte Real Air Base, destination Rome

7:05pm
Arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport
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