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APOSTOLIC VOYAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
IN AZERBAIJAN
AND BULGARIA

22-26 MAY 2002

PROGRAM

 

ITALY

Wednesday, 22 May 2002

Fiumicino (Rome)

08.40 a.m. "Leonardo da Vinci" International Airport, Fiumicino (Rome) Departure for Baku

 

 

AZERBAIJAN

Baku

4.00 p.m. International Airport, Baku Arrival: Welcome Ceremony
Address of the Holy Father.
5.15 p.m. Baku Visit to the Monument for the Victims fallen in battle for the Independence
5.45 p.m. Baku: Presidential Palace  Courtesy Visit to the President of the Republic
Meeting with Religious Leaders and Political, Cultural and Arts Representatives

 

 

Thursday, 23 May 2002

Baku

09.15 a.m. Baku Arrival at the Sport Palace
09.30 a.m. Baku: Sport Palace Mass: Homily of the Holy Father
12.30 a.m. Baku: Parochial House Lunch with the Salesian Community and the Members of the Papal Entourage
3.45 p.m. Baku: Pontifical Residence Meeting with the Sheikh of the Caucasian Muslims, the Orthodox Eparch and the President of the Jewish Community
4.30 p.m. International Airport, Baku Farewell Ceremony
5.00 p.m. International Airport, Baku Departure for Sofia

 

 

BULGARIA

Sofia

6.00 p.m. International Airport, Sofia Arrival 
6.30 p.m. St. Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia Welcome Ceremony: Address of the Holy Father.

 

 

Friday, 24 May 2002

Sofia

07.30 a.m. Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Private Mass
09.30 a.m. Presidential Palace in Sofia Courtesy Visit to the President of the Republic in the "Coat of Arms" Hall
10.30 a.m. Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski in Sofia Visit to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski, for the Feast of Sts Cyril and Methodius
11.15 a.m. Square of the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevski (National Library) in Sofia Floral tribute at the Monument to Sts Cyril and Methodius
11.30 a.m. Patriarchal Palace, Sofia Courtesy visit to His Beatitude Patriarch Maxim and to the Holy Synod: Address of the Holy Father.
1.30 p.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Lunch with the Catholic Bishops of Bulgaria and the Members of the Papal Entourage
5.30 p.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Meeting with representatives of the Jewish Community
6.15 p.m. Palace of Culture, Sofia Meeting with representatives of the world of Culture, Science and Arts: Address of the Holy Father

 

 

Saturday, 25 May 2002

Sofia

07.30 a.m. Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Private Mass
09.25 a.m. International Airport, Sofia Departure by helicopter for Rila

 

Rila

10.10 a.m. Heliport by the Holy Monastery of Rila Arrival
10.30 a.m. Holy Monastery of Rila Address of the Holy Father
11.20 a.m. Icons Hall of the Holy Monastery of Rila Private Meeting with the Prime Minister
12.10 a.m. Heliport by the Holy Monastery of Rila Departure for Sofia

 

Sofia

1.00 p.m. International Airport, Sofia Arrival
1.30 p.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Private Lunch
5.30 p.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Meeting with the Gran M¨fti and representatives of the Muslim Community
6.00 p.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Meeting with representatives of the Evangelical Churches
6.45 p.m. Latin Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph Visit to the Latin Co-Cathedral
7.30 p.m. Catholic Cathedral of the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Visit to the Byzantine-Slavonic Catholic Cathedral 

 

 

Sunday, 26 May 2002

Sofia

08.00 a.m. Apostolic Nunciature in Sofia Departure by car for Plovdiv

 

Plovdiv

10.00 a.m. Plovdiv Arrival at the Sacristy by the Central Square
10.15 a.m. Central Square, Plovdiv Mass with Beatifications: Homily of the Holy Father
Recital of the Angelus Domini: Words by the Holy Father
1.30 p.m. Bishop's House, Plovdiv Lunch with the Catholic Bishops of Bulgaria and the Members of the Papal Entourage
5.00 p.m. Cathedral of St. Louis of the French, Plovdiv Meeting with Youth: Address of the Holy Father
6.30 p.m. Airport of Plovdiv Farewell Ceremony
7.00 p.m. Airport of Plovdiv Departure for Rome

 

ITALY

Ciampino (Rome)

8.00 p.m. Airport of Ciampino (Rome) Arrival

 


Time Lag

Rome: + 2 UTC

Azerbaijan: + 5 UTC

Bulgaria: + 3 UTC

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