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APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BENIN

ON THE OCCASION OF THE SIGNING AND PUBLICATION
OF THE POST-SYNODAL APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
OF THE SECOND SPECIAL ASSEMBLY FOR AFRICA
OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS

NOVEMBER 18 - 20, 2011

 Benin

PROGRAM

Live Broadcast by CTV
(Vatican Television Center) 

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Friday, 18 November 2011

Rome

9:00 Departure by plane from Fiumicino Airport for Cotonou Meeting of His Holiness Benedict XVI with journalists during the flight to Benin

Cotonou

15:00 Welcome ceremony at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin international airport of Cotonou (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
16:30 Visit at the Cathedral of Cotonou (Video)
Address of the Holy Father

 

Saturday, 19 November 2011

7:30 Mass in private in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature of Cotonou  
9:00 Meeting with Government members, representatives of the Institutions of the Republic, Diplomatic Corps and representatives of the major religions gathered in the Presidential Palace of Cotonou (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
9:50 Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic at the Presidential Palace of Cotonou  

Ouidah

11:15 Visit to the tomb of Card. Bernardin Gantin at the Chapel of St. Gall Seminary  
  Meeting with priests, seminarians, men and women religious and lay faithful gathered in the Courtyard of St Gall Seminary (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
12:15 Visit at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Mary of Ouidah and signing of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation (Video)
Address of the Holy Father

Africae Munus: Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Church in Africa in Service to Reconciliation, Justice and Peace  (November 19, 2011)
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Cotonou

17:00 Visit at "Peace and Joy" Foyer of the Missionaries of Charity at St. Rita Parish  
  Meeting with children at St. Rita Parish (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
18:45 Meeting with the Bishops of Benin at the Apostolic Nunciature of Cotonou Address of the Holy Father
19:30 Dinner with the Bishops of Benin and members of the Papal Entourage at the Apostolic Nunciature of Cotonou  

 

Sunday, 20 November 2011

9:00 Holy Mass at the "Stade de l’amitiť" of Cotonou (Video)
Homily of the Holy Father
  Consignment of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation to the Bishops of Africa (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
  Recitation of the Angelus Domini (Video)
Address of the Holy Father
12:15 Luncheon with members of the Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and with the Papal entourage in the Apostolic Nunciature of Cotonou  
16:00 Farewell ceremony at Cardinal Bernardin Gantin international airport of Cotonou Address of the Holy Father
16:30 Departure by plane from Cardinal Bernardin Gantin international airport of  Cotonou for Roma  

 

Rome

22:00 Arrival at Ciampino Airport  

 

Time lag
Rome and Benin: + 1 UTC

 

 

 

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