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Paus Benedictus XVI bezoekt Portugal
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Paus Benedictus XVI bezoekt Portugal

 10 mei 2010   16:53:24

Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Portugal in May, with stops in Lisbon, Porto and Fatima, as announced by church officials. During his visit, which will take place between May 11 and 14, the pope will meet Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva and Prime Minister Jos้ Socrates.

On May, 12th, he will celebrate an open-air mass in the capital Lisboa, at Comercio Square, said Portugal's episcopal conference. The highlight of the trip is expected to be his visit to Fatima, 118 kilometres (75 miles) north of the capital. The town has been a favorite with pilgrims since 1917, when three young shepherds said the Virgin Mary had appeared to them there.The pope will celebrate vespers - evening prayers - in Fatima's Church of the Most Holy Trinity on May 13, the 93rd anniversary of the first of the six reported visions. Every year, this anniversary celebration attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from around the world. The church, a massive 12,300 square meters (132,000 square feet), is one of the biggest in the world.

The pontiff will end his visit in Porto, where he will celebrate another open-air mass on the Avenida dos Aliados in the city centre. It will be Pope Benedict's first visit to Portugal.

Program of the Visit of the Holy Father Benedict XVI to Portugal:
11 -14 May 2010

Day 11:
11h00 – Arrival at Airport of Portela in plane of Alitalia Official Welcome
12h45 – Welcoming ceremonies in Mosteiro dos Jer๓nimos – Short visit of the Monastery
13h30 – Courtesy Visit to the President of the Republic, at Bel้m Palace
18h15 – Holy Mass, in the City of Lisbon, at venue to be selected

Day 12:
10h00 – Encounter with the world of culture, at Bel้m Cultural Center
12h00 – Meeting with Prime Minister, at the Apostolic Nunciature
16h40 – Departure by helicopter for Fatima
17h30 – Visit to Little Chapel of Apparitions, at the Shrine of Fatima
18h00 – Vespers with priests, religious, seminarians and deacons, in Most Holy Trinity Church
21h30 – Recitation of the Rosary and blessing of candles, followed by celebration of Holy Mass, at the Prayer Area of the Shrine of Fatima, presided over by the Secretary of the Vatican His Eminence Tarcisio Cardinal Bertone

Day 13:
10h00 – Holy Mass at the Prayer Area of the Shrine of FatimaAt the end of Mass, the Pope will visit the Basilica of the Shrine of Fatima, where Servant of God Lucia de Jesus, Blessed Francisco Marto and Blessed Jacinta Marto are entombed.
13h00 – Lunch with the bishops of Portugal and the papal entourage
17h00 – Encounter with organizations of Social Pastoral Ministry, in Most Holy Trinity Church
18h45 – Meeting with the bishops of Portugal, at the House of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, in the Shrine of Fatima

Day 14:
08h00 – Farewell ceremony at the House of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
09h30 – Arrival at the Heliport of Serra do Pilar, in Gaia (Porto Area)
10h15 – Holy Mass, at the Avenida dos Aliados
13h30 – Farewell ceremony at the International Airport of Porto
14h00 – Departure for Italy in plane of TAP

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