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Pope Francis Leaves for Egypt (Pontiff’s Full Program)

Two-day Visit Includes Mass, Visit to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II

Pope Francis has taken off in his Alitalia A321 flight with his papal entourage and journalists for his two-day visit to Egypt, April 28-29. The visit marks Francis’ 18th Apostolic Visit abroad and his 27th country visited. The flight which departed from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport will last a little more than three hours and will bring him to the north African nation’s capital of Cairo, about 2350 kilometers away from the Eternal City.

To watch the days’ events live, one can follow Vatican YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/vatican?hl=it&gl=IT

Here is Pope Francis’ itinerary for the apostolic trip, provided by Vatican Radio:

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Friday 28 April 2017:

10.45   Departure by air from Rome-Fiumicino airport for Cairo

14.00   Arrival at Cairo International Airport

OFFICIAL WELCOME

WELCOME CEREMONY in the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis

COURTESY VISIT TO THE GRAND IMAM OF AL-AZHAR

ADDRESS TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PEACE

16.40   Meeting with the Authorities

COURTESY VISIT TO HIS HOLINESS POPE TAWADROS II

Saturday 29 April 2017:

10.00   HOLY MASS

12.15   Lunch with Egyptian bishops and the Papal entourage

15.15   Prayer meeting with the clergy, religious and seminarians

FAREWELL CEREMONY

17.00   Departure by air from Cairo International Airport

20.30   Arrival at Rome-Ciampino Airport

Time zone:

Rome: +2 h UTC

Cairo: +2 h UTC

[Courtesy of Vatican Radio]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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