The program for Pope Francis’ May 12-13 trip to Fatima, Portugal for the centenary of the Marian apparitions was published today. The Vatican-provided itinerary is published below:
Pilgrimage of His Holiness Francis to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on the occasion of the centenary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Cova da Iria (12-13 May 2017) – Programme, 20 March 2017:
Friday 12 May 2017:
14:00 Departure by air from Rome Fiumicino airport for Monte Real.
16:20 Arrival at the air base of Monte Real.
16:35 Private meeting with the President of the Republic in the Monte Real air base.
16:55 Visit to the air base chapel.
17:15 Transfer by helicopter to the stadium of Fatima.
17:35 Arrival at the Fatima stadium and transfer by open vehicle to the Shrine.
18:15 Visit to the Chapel of the Apparitions.
Prayer of the Holy Father .
21:30 Blessing of the Candles of the Chapel of the Apparitions.
Greetings from the Holy Father.
Reciting the Holy Rosary.
Saturday 13 May 2017:
09:10 Meeting with the Prime Minister at the “Nossa Senhora do Carmo” House.
09:40 Visit to the Basilica of “Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fatima”.
10:00 Holy Mass at the churchyard of the Shrine.
Holy Father’s homily.
Holy Father’s greetings to the sick
12:30 Lunch with bishops of Portugal at the “Nossa Senhora do Carmo” House.
14:45 Farewell ceremony in the Monte Real air base.
15:00 Departure by air from the Monte Real air base, destined for Rome.
19:05 Arrival at Rome Ciampino airport.