Vatican to Hold Thursday Briefing on Pope's Visit to South Korea

Fr. Lombardi Will Give Details on Widely-Anticipated Trip

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Anyone wanting to learn more about the Pope’s upcoming trip to South Korea will be able to later this week.

The Vatican announced there will be a press conference in the Holy See Press Office on Thursday to give journalists more details on the Pope’s visit there, Aug. 14-18.

Marking his third international pilgrimage, the Pontiff’s visit to the Asian country is for the occasions of the 6th World Youth Day in Asia and for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. 

Earlier this month, the Holy See Press Office announced the Holy Father’s itinerary for the visit, detailing his program. In addition to the youth day, it noted he will partake in the Mass of Beatification for Paul Jun Ji-Ching among others, as well as in several other public Masses.

Moreover, he will visit shrines and meet with youth, religious, lay, and officials.

The program is published below. Regarding the time difference, Korea is seven hours ahead of Rome. 




16:00: Departure by plane from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Seoul


10:30: Arrival at Seoul Air Base

14:00: Holy Mass in Private in the apostolic nunciature

15:45: Welcome Ceremony in the garden of the «Blue House» in Seoul. Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic in the «Blue House» in Seoul

16:30: Meeting with the Chungmu authorities in the hall of the «Blue House» in Seoul. Address of the Holy Father

17:30: Meeting with the Bishops of Korea in the headquarters of the Korean Bishops’ Conference. Address of the Holy Father


08:45: Helicopter transfer in Daejeon

10:30: Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption in Daejeon World Cup Stadium. Homily of the Holy Father. Prayer Angelus Domini. Words of the Holy Father

13:30: Lunch with Youth at the Major Seminary of Daejeon

16:30: Helicopter transfer to the Shrine of Solmoe

17:30: Meeting with Young Asians at the Shrine of Solmoe. Address of the Holy Father

19:15: Helicopter transfer to Seoul


08:55: Visit to the Shrine of the Martyrs Seo So mun

10:00: Mass of Beatification of Paul Yun Ji-Chung and 123 companions, martyrs at the gate of Gwanghwamun in Seoul. Homily of the Holy Father

15:30: Helicopter transfer to Kkottongnae

16:30: Visit to a Center of Recovery for the Disabled in the «House of Hope» in Kkottongnae

17:15: Meeting with Religious Communities in Korea’s “ School of Love” Training Center in Kkottongnae. Address of the Holy Father

18:30: Meeting With Leaders Apostleship Lay Spirituality Centre in Kkottongnae. Address of the Holy Father

19:00: Helicopter transfer to Seoul


10:00: Helicopter transfer to Haemi

11:00: Meeting with the Bishops of Asia in the Sanctuary of Haemi. Address of the Holy Father

13:00: Lunch with the Bishops of Asia in the refectory of the Shrine of Haemi

16:30: Mass of the 6th Asian Youth Day in Castle Haemi. Homily of the Holy Father

19:00: Helicopter transfer to Seoul


09:00: Meeting with Religious Leaders in the old Palace of the Curia of the Archdiocese of Seoul

09:45: Mass for Peace and Reconciliation in Myeong-dong Cathedral in Seoul. Homily of the Holy Father

12:45: Ceremony from the Republic of Korea Air Force Base in Seoul

13:00: Departure by plane from Seoul Air Base Airport of Rome Ciampino

17:45: Arrival at Rome Ciampino 

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