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JUBILEE PILGRIMAGE
OF HIS HOLINESS JOHN PAUL II
IN GREECE, IN SYRIA AND AT MALTA
ON THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. PAUL APOSTLE

4-9 MAY 2001

     

P R O G R A M

 

[Updated: 21.04.2001]


 

Friday, 4 May 2001

 

ITALY

 

Fiumicino (Rome)

08.30

DEPARTURE by airplane from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport of Fiumicino (Rome) for Athens (Greece).

GREECE

 

Spata (Athens)

11.30

ARRIVAL at the new international airport of Spata (Athens).

 

Athens

12.15

ARRIVAL at the Presidential Palace of Athens.

WELCOME CEREMONY in the Garden of the Presidential Palace of Athens.

12.45

COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HELLENIC REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace of Athens. Speech by the Holy Father .

13.30

ARRIVAL at the Orthodox Archdiocesan Palace of Athens.

COURTESY VISIT TO HIS BEATITUDE CHRISTODOULOS, ARCHBISHOP OF ATHENS AND PRIMATE OF GREECE at the Orthodox Archdiocesan Palace of Athens. Speech by the Holy Father .

14.30

ARRIVAL at the Apostolic Nunciature of Athens.

MEETING WITH THE CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF GREECE at the Apostolic Nunciature of Athens. Speech by the Holy Father .

17.45

ARRIVAL at the Catholic Cathedral of Athens.

PRIVATE VISIT TO THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL of Athens.

18.30

ARRIVAL at the Areopagus of Athens.

PILGRIMAGE TO THE AREOPAGUS IN MEMORY OF ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE near to the great hill of the Areopagus of Athens.
Documentation on St. Paul the Apostle in Athens [English, Italian]

19.45

ARRIVAL at the Apostolic Nunciature of Athens.

20.15

COURTESY VISIT BY HIS BEATITUDE CHRISTODOULOS TO THE HOLY FATHER at the Apostolic Nunciature of Athens.

 

Saturday, 5 May 2001

 

08.00

ARRIVAL at the Sacristy of the Sport Palace of Athens.

08.15

HOLY MASS at the Sport Palace in the complex of the Olympic Center of Athens. Homily by the Holy Father .

 

Spata (Athens)

11.15

ARRIVAL at the new International Airport of Spata (Athens).

FAREWELL CEREMONY at the new International Airport of Spata (Athens).

11.45

DEPARTURE by airplane from the new International Airport of Spata (Athens) to Damascus (Syria).

 

SYRIA

 

Damascus

14.00

ARRIVAL at the International Airport of Damascus.

WELCOME CEREMONY at the International Airport of Damascus. Speech by the Holy Father .

17.45

ARRIVAL at the Presidential Palace of Damascus.

COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace of Damascus.

18.55

ARRIVAL at the Greek-Orthodox Cathedral of Damascus.

19.00

ECUMENICAL MEETING at the Greek-Orthodox Cathedral of Damascus. Speech by the Holy Father.
Documentation on the Greek-Orthodox Cathedral of Damascus
[English, Italian]

 

Sunday, 6 May 2001

 

09.00

ARRIVAL at the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus.

09.15

ARRIVAL at the Sacristy in the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus.

09.30

HOLY MASS at the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus. Homily by the Holy Father .

PRAYER OF THE "REGINA COELI" at the Abbassyin Stadium of Damascus. Words by the Holy Father .

12.30

ARRIVAL at the Greek-Catholic Patriarchate of Damascus.

13.00

MEETING WITH PATRIARCHS AND BISHOPS OF SYRIA at the Greek-Catholic Patriarchate of Damascus. Speech by the Holy Father.

17.00

ARRIVAL at the Syrian-Orthodox Cathedral of Damascus.

MEETING WITH CLERGY, RELIGIOUS AND CHRISTIAN LAITY OF THE ORTHODOX AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES OF SYRIA at the Syrian-Orthodox Cathedral of Damascus. Speech by the Holy Father.

18.15

ARRIVAL AT THE OMAYYAD GREAT MOSQUE OF DAMASCUS, VISIT TO THE ST. JOHN BAPTISTíS MEMORIAL and MEETING WITH THE MUSLIM LEADERS . Speech by the Holy Father.
Documentation on the Omayyad Great Mosque
[English, Italian]

Monday, 7 May 2001

 

07.30

Holy Mass in private in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature of Damascus..

09.15

ARRIVAL at the Church of St. Paul on the Wall in the Bab Kissan gate of the old Walls of Damascus.

VISIT TO THE CHURCH OF ST. PAUL ON THE WALL in the Bab Kissan gate of the old Walls of Damascus.

09.45

ARRIVAL at the St. Paulís Memorial of Damascus.

VISIT TO THE ST. PAULíS MEMORIAL of Damascus.
Documentation on the Custody of the Holy Land, to which the St. Paul's Memorial is entrusted [English, Italian]

10.15

DEPARTURE by car for Qunaytra.

 

Qunaytra

11.15

ARRIVAL at the Greek-Orthodox Church in Qunaytra.

PRAYER FOR PEACE at the Greek-Orthodox Church in Qunaytra, at the Golan Heights. Prayer by the Holy Father .
Documentation on Qunaytra [English, Italian]

12.00

DEPARTURE by car for Damascus.

 

Damascus

13.00

ARRIVAL at the Apostolic Nunciature of Damascus.

17.40

ARRIVAL at the Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Damascus.

17.45

YOUTH MEETING at the Greek-Catholic Cathedral of Damascus. Speech by the Holy Father .

 

Tuesday, 8 May 2001

 

07.30

Holy Mass in private in the Chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature of Damascus.

10.15

Farewell from the Apostolic Nunciature of Damascus.

11.00

Arrival at the International Airport of Damascus.

FAREWELL CEREMONY at the International Airport of Damascus. Greeting by the Holy Father .

11.30

DEPARTURE by airplane from the International Airport of Damascus to Gudja (Malta).

 

MALTA

 

Gudja

14.00

ARRIVAL at Gudja International Airport.

WELCOME CEREMONY at Gudja International Airport. Speech by the Holy Father .

 

Valletta

18.00

ARRIVAL at the Presidential Palace of Valletta.

COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC at the Presidential Palace of Valletta.

 

Wednesday, 9 May 2001

 

Floriana

09.00

ARRIVAL at the "Granaries" of Floriana.

09.30

HOLY MASS WITH BEATIFICATIONS in the "Granaries" of Floriana. Homily by the Holy Father.
Documentation on the Holy Mass and the "Granaries" [English, Italian]

 

Rabat

12.45

ARRIVAL at the Apostolic Nunciature of Rabat.

13.00

MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS OF MALTA at the Apostolic Nunciature of Rabat.

 

Hamrun

16.30

ARRIVAL at the Church of the Center of the Society of Christian Doctrine at Hamrun.

VISIT AT THE TOMB OF THE VENERABLE FR. GEORGE PRECA in the Church of the Center of the Society of Christian Doctrine at Hamrun.
Documentation on Fr. George Preca [English, Italian]

MEETING WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE "SOCIETAS DOCTRINAE CRISTIANAE" in the Auditorium of the Center of the Society of Christian Doctrine at Hamrun. Speech by the Holy Father.

 

Gudja

18.30

ARRIVAL at Gudja International Airport.

FAREWELL CEREMONY at Gudja International Airport. Greeting by the Holy Father.

19.00

DEPARTURE by airplane from Gudja International Airport to Rome.

 

ITALY

 

Ciampino (Rome)

20.30

ARRIVAL at Ciampino Airport (Rome).

 

Time lag

Rome

+ 2 UTC

Greece

+ 3 UTC

Syria

+ 3 UTC

Malta

+ 2 UTC

 

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