Benedict XVI's Calendar Includes Holy Land Visit

Schedule for April-May Released

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 22, 2009 ( Benedict XVI’s schedule for the next weeks will include canonizations, ordinations and a visit to the Holy Land.

Today the Vatican published the calendar of activities and liturgical celebrations the Pope will preside over during the end of April and through May.

On Sunday, he will celebrate a Mass in St. Peter’s Square and will canonize five blesseds, including: Arcangelo Tadini, Bernardo Tolomei, Nuno de Santa Maria Álvares Pereira, Gertrude Caterina Comensoli and Caterina Volpicelli.

The Pontiff will preside over the priestly ordination of the deacons from the diocese of Rome on May 3, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, in the Vatican Basilica.

He will leave for an apostolic visit to the Holy Land on May 8, and will return on May 15.

On the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, celebrated May 24, the Holy Father will make a pastoral visit to Montecassino, Italy.

Finally, Benedict XVI will celebrate the Solemnity of Pentecost on May 31 with a morning Mass in the Vatican Basilica.

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