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Pope’s Program for Bulgaria and North Macedonia in May 2019

Stops in Skopje, Sofia, and Rakovsky

The Vatican on March 7, 2019, released the program for the Holy Fathers’ May 5-7, 2019, Apostolic Visit to Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia. Here is the full Vatican-provided program:

 

Sunday 5 May 2019

ROME-SOFIA

07:00 Departure by air from Rome-Fiumicino International Airport to Sofia
10:00 Arrival at Sofia International Airport
OFFICIAL WELCOME
MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER in the Governmental Lounge of the Airport
WELCOME CEREMONY in the square adjacent to the Presidential Palace
COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the Presidential Palace
MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Atanas Burov Square Address of the Holy Father
VISIT TO THE PATRIARCH AND TO THE HOLY SYNOD in the Palace of the Holy Synod Address of the Holy Father
PRIVATE PRAYER BEFORE THE THRONE OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky
REGINA COELI in Saint Alexander Nevsky Square Regina Coeli
16:45 HOLY MASS in Knyaz Alexandar SquareI Homily of the Holy Father

 

Monday 6 May 2019

SOFIA-RAKOVSKY-SOFIA

VISIT TO A REFUGEE CAMP
09:30 Departure by air from Rakovsky
HOLY MASS WITH FIRST COMMUNIONS in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Rakovsky Homily of the Holy Father
Lunch with the bishops of Bulgaria in the Convent of the Franciscan Sisters  
MEETING WITH THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY in the Church of Saint Michael Archangel in Rakovsky Address of the Holy Father
17:15 Departure by air for Sofia  
PRAYER FOR PEACE PRESIDED AT BY THE HOLY FATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF LEADERS OF THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CONFESSIONS IN BULGARIA in Nezavisimost Square in Sofia Prayer of the Holy Father

 

Tuesday 7 May 2019

SOFIA-SKOPJE-ROME

FAREWELL CEREMONY in Sofia International Airport
08:20 Departure by air from Sofia Airport for Skopje
08:15 Arrival at Skopje International Airport
OFFICIAL WELCOME
WELCOME CEREMONY in the courtyard of the Presidential Palace
COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace
MEETING with the PRIME MINISTER in the Presidential Palace
MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Mosaique Hall of the Presidential Palace Address of the Holy Father
VISIT TO THE MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL WITH THE PRESENCE OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND MEETING WITH THE POOR Prayer of the Holy Father
HOLY MASS in Macedonia Square Homily of the Holy Father
Lunch with the Papal Entourage  
ECUMENICAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE in the Pastoral Centre Address of the Holy Father
MEETING WITH PRIESTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND RELIGIOUS in the Cathedral Address of the Holy Father
FAREWELL CEREMONY at Skopje International Airport
18:30 Departure of Papal aircraft for Rome-Ciampino
20:30 Arrival at Roma-Ciampino International Airport

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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