The Vatican on June 6, 2018, released the schedule for the Holy Father’s visit to Bari on July 7, 2018.
When the trip was announced in late April, a Vatican spokesman stressed that it will be a day of prayer and reflection for the situation in the Middle East and that local Church Leaders are to be invited.
The Holy Father’s Schedule
|7.00||Departure by helicopter from the Vatican heliport.|
|Arrival in Piazzale Cristoforo Colombo in Bari.
The Holy Father is received by:
– H.E. Msgr. Francesco Cacucci, archbishop of Bari-Bitonto;
– Hon. Michele Emiliano, president of the Puglia Region;
– Marilisa Magno, prefect of Bari;
– Hon. Antonio Decaro, mayor of Bari.
Transfer by car to the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Nicholas;
in the meantime, the Patriarchs transfer to the Basilica from their residences.
| In front of the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Nicholas, the Holy Father receives the Patriarchs and greets them individually; in the Basilica, the Patriarchs wait in front of the presbytery.
The last to enter the Basilica, the Holy Father greets the members of the Dominican Community.
|The Holy Father and the Patriarchs descend into the crypt of the Basilica for the veneration of the relics of Saint Nicholas – lighting of the single-flamed lamp.|
|The Holy Father and the Patriarchs leave the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, and travel by coach to the “Rotonda” on the Bari seafront promenade.|
|Bari seafront promenade: Prayer meeting.|
|At the end of the joint prayer meeting, the Holy Father and the Patriarchs return to the Basilica of Saint Nicholas by coach.|
|Basilica of Saint Nicholas: Dialogue (behind closed doors).|
|13.30||Transfer by coach to the Archbishopric for lunch.|
|15.30||In the Archbishopric, the Holy Father takes leave of the Patriarchs.|
|16.00||Before entering the helicopter, the Holy Father takes leave of the Authorities who received him in the morning.|
|17.15||Arrival at the Vatican heliport.|