Vatican Releases Pope's Program to Sri Lanka, Philippines

January Visit Marks Pope Francis’ 2nd Apostolic Trip to Asia

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Pope Francis will make his second apostolic visit to Asia this January in his first voyage to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

This morning, the Vatican released the Pope’s itinerary for his trip, Jan 12-19, which will include speaking at the canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz in Colombo, Sri Lanka, as well as a meeting with youth and a lunch with survivors of calamities in the Philippines.

Here below is the Vatican-provided program:


Program of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Voyage to Sri Lanka and the Philippines (12-19 January 2015):

Monday (Jan. 12):

19:00 Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for Colombo

Tuesday (Jan. 13):

09:00 Arrival at the International Airport in Colombo; Welcoming Ceremony (Speech by Pope Francis)

13:15 SPEECH TO THE BISHOPS OF SRI LANKA At the Archdiocese of Colombo


18:15 INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (Speech by Pope Francis)

Wednesday (Jan. 14):

08:30 Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo

(Homily by Pope Francis)

14:00 Transfer by helicopter to Madhu

15:30 MARIAN PRAYER at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary at Madhu

(Speech by Pope Francis)

16:45 Transfer by Helicopter to Colombo

Thursday (Jan. 15):

08:15 Visit to the Chapel “Our Lady of Lanka” at Bolawalana

08:45 Departure Ceremony from the International Airport of Colombo

09:00 Departure by plane from Colombo to Manila

17:45 Arrival from Sri Lanka – Villamor Air Base, Manila

Motorcade to the Apostolic Nunciature – Taft Avenue, Manila

Friday (Jan. 16):

9:15 Welcome Ceremony – Malacañan Palace, Manila

10:15 Meeting with Civil Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps (Speech by Pope Francis)

Motorcade to the Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral)

11:15 Mass with Bishops, Priests, and Religious – Cathedral-Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Manila (Homily by Pope Francis)

Motorcade to the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay

17:30 Encounter with Families – Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay (Speech by Pope Francis)

Saturday (Jan. 17):

08:15 Departure for Archdiocese of Palo – Villamor Air Base

09:30 Arrival at Tacloban Airport

10:00 Holy Mass – Tacloban Airport (Homily by Pope Francis)

12:45 Lunch with the Poor and Survivors of Calamities at Gonzagahaus (Residence of the Archbishop of Palo) – Palo, Leyte

15:00 Blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor – Palo, Leyte

15:30 Meeting with the Priests and Religious at Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration (Palo Cathedral) – Palo, Leyte (Speech by Pope Francis)

17:00 Departure for Manila

18:15 Arrival at Manila – Villamor Air Base

Sunday (Jan. 18):

09:45 Brief Meeting with the Religious Leaders

10:30 Encounter with the Youth – Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila (Speech by Pope Francis)

Motorcade to Rizal Park, Manila

15:30 Concluding Mass, Rizal Park, Manila (Homily by Pope Francis)

Monday (Jan. 19):

09:45 Departure Ceremony at Villamor Air Base

10:00 Departure for Rome – Villamor Air Base

17:40 Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino Airport

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