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Pope’s Updated Program for the Baltic Countries on Sept. 22-25, 2018

Apostolic Visit to Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia

The Vatican on Sept. 4, 2018, released an updated program for the Holy Fathers’ Sept. 22-25, 2018, Apostolic Visit to Estonia, Lithuania, and Latvia. Below is the Vatican-provided updated program:

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Saturday 22 September 2018

ROME-VILNIUS

07:30 Departure by air from Rome/Fiumicino for Vilnius
11:30 Arrival at Vilnius International Airport
WELCOME CEREMONY
12.10 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace
12.40 MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with representatives of CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the square in front of the Presidential Palace Address of the Holy Father
16:30 VISIT TO THE MATER MISERICORDIAE SHRINE Prayer of the Holy Father
17.30 MEETING with YOUNG PEOPLE in the square in front of the Cathedral Address of the Holy Father
18.40 Visit to the Cathedral
 
Sunday 23 September 2018

VILNIUS-KAUNAS-VILNIUS

08:15 Transfer by car to Kaunas  
10.00 HOLY MASS in Santakos Park in Kaunas Homily of the Holy Father
12.00 ANGELUS in Santakos Park in Kaunas Angelus of the Holy Father
12.35 Lunch with the bishops in the Palace of the Curia
15.00 MEETING with PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, AND SEMINARIANS in Kaunas Cathedral Address of the Holy Father
16.00 Transfer to the Museum of Occupations and Freedom Fights in Vilnius

 

17.30 VISIT AND PRAYER IN THE MUSEUM OF OCCUPATIONS AND FREEDOM FIGHTS Prayer of the Holy Father

 

Monday 24 September 2018

VILNIUS-RIGA-VILNIUS

07:20 Departure by air from Vilnius International Airport for Riga  
08:20 Arrival at Riga International Airport  
OFFICIAL RECEPTION
08.50 WELCOME CEREMONY in the Courtyard of the Presidential Palace
09.05 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace
09.30 MEETING with the CIVIL AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Reception Hall of the Presidential Palace Address of the Holy Father
10.10 LAYING OF FLOWERS AND CEREMONY at the Monument to Freedom
10.40 ECUMENICAL PRAYER in the Rigas Doms Address of the Holy Father
11.50 VISIT TO THE CATHOLIC Saint James’ Cathedral Greeting of the Holy Father
12.30 Lunch with the bishops in the Archdiocesan House of the Holy Family
14.30 Transfer by helicopter from Riga Harbour helipad to the Shrine of the Mother of God, Aglona  
16.30 HOLY MASS in the area of the Shrine of the Mother of God, Aglona Homily of the Holy Father
18.30 FAREWELL CEREMONY in the Aglona heliport  
18.45 Transfer by helicopter to Vilnius International Airport  
 
 
Tuesday 25 September 2018

VILNIUS-TALLINN-ROME

08.15 FAREWELL CEREMONY in Vilnius International Airport
08:30 Departure by air from Vilnius International Airport for Tallinn  
09:50 Arrival at Tallinn International Airport  
OFFICIAL RECEPTION
10.15 WELCOME CEREMONY in the square in front of the Presidential Palace
10.30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Palace
11.00 MEETING with the CIVIL AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Rose Garden of the Presidential Palace Address of the Holy Father
11.50 ECUMENICAL MEETING with YOUNG PEOPLE in the Lutheran Saint Charles’ Church Address of the Holy Father
13.00 Lunch with the papal entourage in the Convent of the Brigidine Sisters in Pirita  
15.15 MEETING with those assisted by the CHARITABLE WORKS OF THE CHURCH in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Greeting of the Holy Father
16.30 HOLY MASS in Freedom Square Homily of the Holy Father
18.30 FAREWELL CEREMONY in Tallin International Airport
18:45 Departure by air from Tallin International Airport for Rome  
21:20 Arrival at Rome/Ciampino International Airport  

[Vatican-provided program]

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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