Tuesday, May 07, 2013
May 7, 2013. (Romereports.com) The Vatican has released the official schedule Pope Francis will follow during World Youth Day. He will be in Rio from July 22nd to July 29th.
On Monday July 22nd, the Pope will leave the Vatican and board a plane to Rio. After the 12 hour flight, Pope Francis will be welcomed by Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff in the city's Guanabara palace.
The next day he doesn't have anything planned since he wants to recover from the jet lag. Then on the 24th, the Pope will take a helicopter to the Shrine of Aparecida where he will celebrate Mass. He knows the site quite well, since he was an active participant of the Latin American Episcopal Conference held back in 2007.
In the afternoon, he will return to Rio and visit the St. Francis of Assisi hospital, which is run by Franciscans.
On Thursday 25, which will be his third day in Brazil, the Pope will receive the keys of the city. He will also bless the Olympic flags at city hall. He will then head out to the slums in the area of Varginha.
That very Thursday, World Youth Day will kick off at 6:00 p.m. That day the Pope will be welcomed by hundreds of youths in the Copacabana beach.
The following day on Friday July 26th, he will meet with a group of young inmates. Afterward, he will gave lunch with another group of 12 youths.
The Way of the Cross will begin on Friday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. At the Copacabana beach.
Things will keep on getting busier after that. On Saturday the 27th, the Pope will celebrate Mass with priests, religious and seminarians at 9:00 a.m in the Cathedral. That afternoon, he will meet with upper class business leaders to talk about some of the challenges and also social contrasts in the country. At 7: 30 p.m. A prayer Vigil will take place with youths from Guaratiba.
Some young people will actually spend the night there to have a good spot for the next day. On Sunday 28th, the Pope will celebrate Mass with roughly 2 million youths. That's where the next World Youth Day location will be announced.
That afternoon the Pope will meet the CELAM coordination committee. Then, he will also meet with WYD volunteers.
After that busy week, the Pope will head to the Antonio Carlos Jobin International Aiport at 7p.m. After an 11 hour flight, the Pope will arrive back to the Vatican the next day on Monday at 11. 30 a.m.