The Vatican on Tuesday released the schedule of Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The two-nation papal visit was announced earlier by the Vatican on August 28. After visiting Myanmar, Nov 27 to 30, he will proceed to neighbouring Bangladesh, Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
He is scheduled to land in Yangon, Myanmar in the afternoon on Nov. 27, where he will be given an official welcome. The following afternoon (Nov. 28) he will fly to the capital Nay Pyi Taw, where after meeting the president, government officials and the diplomatic corps, he will fly back to Yangon at night.
On Nov. 29 the Holy Father will celebrate his first public Mass, meet the Buddhist supreme council and Myanmar’s bishops. Pope Francis will wrap up his Myanmar with a Mass for young people on Nov. 30 and fly to neighbouring Bangladesh in the afternoon.
After a welcome ceremony at Dhaka airport, the Pope will pay homage to Bangadesh’s martyrs and father of the nation. He will then pay courtesy visit to the president and address the diplomatic corps. On Dec. 1, the Pope will celebrate a public Mass with priestly ordination, meet the prime minister, the country’s bishops and representatives of various religions and Christian Churches. On the last day, Dec. 2, the Pope will visit a home run by the Missionaries of Charity of Mother Teresa, address priests, religious seminarians and novices. Before flying back to Rome in the evening, he will meet the young people.
Please find below the details of the apostolic visit:
Apostolic Visit of His Holiness Francis to Myanmar and Bangladesh (26 November to 2 December 2017)
Sunday 26 November 2017
21:40 - Departure by air from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport, for Yangon
Monday 27 November 2017
13:30 - Arrival at Yangon International Airport - OFFICIAL WELCOME
Tuesday 28 November 2017
14:00 - Departure by air for Nay Pyi Taw
15:10 - Arrival at Nay Pyi Taw Airport - OFFICIAL WELCOME
15:50 - WELCOME CEREMONY in the Presidential Palace
16:00 - COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT
16:30 - MEETING WITH THE STATE COUNSELLOR AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
17:15 - MEETING WITH THE AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the International Convention Centre - Address of the Holy Father
18:20 - Departure by air for Yangon
19:25 - Arrival at Yangon Airport and transfer to the archbishopric
Wednesday 29 November 2017
09:30 - HOLY MASS in the Kyaikkasan Ground - Homily of the Holy Father
16:15 - MEETING WITH THE “SANGHA”, SUPREME COUNCIL OF BUDDHIST MONKS in the Kaba Aye Centre - Address of the Holy Father
17:15 - MEETING WITH BISHOPS of Myanmar in a room in St Mary’s Cathedral - Address of the Holy Father
Thursday 30 November 2017
10:15 - HOLY MASS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE in St Mary’s Cathedral - Homily of the Holy Father
12:45 - OFFICIAL FAREWELL in Yangon International Airport
13:05 - Departure by air for Dhaka
15:00 - Arrival at Dhaka International Airport - WELCOME CEREMONY
16:00 - VISIT TO THE NATIONAL MARTYR’S MEMORIAL OF SAVAR
16:45 - HOMAGE TO THE FATHER OF THE NATION in the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and SIGNING OF THE BOOK OF HONOUR
17:30 - COURTESY VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT to the Presidential Palace
18:00 - MEETING WITH THE AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Presidential Palace - Address of the Holy Father
Friday 1 December 2017
10:00 - HOLY MASS and Presbyteral Ordination in the Suhrawardy Udyan Park - Homily of the Holy Father
15:20 - VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER to the Apostolic Nunciature
16:00 - VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL
16:15 - MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS of Bangladesh in the Home for elderly priests - Address of the Holy Father
17:00 - INTERRELIGIOUS AND ECUMENICAL MEETING FOR PEACE in the garden of the Archbishopric - Address of the Holy Father
Saturday 2 December 2017
10:00 - PRIVATE VISIT TO HOUSE OF MOTHER TERESA IN TEJGAON
10:45- MEETING WITH PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS and NOVICES in the Church of the Holy Rosary - Address of the Holy Father
11:45- VISIT TO THE PARISH CEMETERY AND THE ANCIENT CHURCH OF THE HOLY ROSARY
15:20 - MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE in the Notre Dame College of Dhaka - Address of the Holy Father
16:45 - OFFICIAL FAREWELL in Dhaka International Airport
17:05 - Departure by air for Rome’s Ciampino Airport
23:00 - Arrival in Rome-Ciampino.
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