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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Vatican: Programme of Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Peru and Chile released

Programme of Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Peru and Chile released
(Vatican Radio) The Vatican has released the details of Pope Francis' Apostolic Journey to Peru and Chile, due to take place from the 15th to 22 January 2018. Please find below the full programme:   Monday January 15, 2018   ROME-SANTIAGO   08:00 Departure by plane from Rome / Fiumicino to Santiago   20:10 Arrival at Santiago International Airport               WELCOME CEREMONY   21:00 Arrival of the Holy Father at the Apostolic Nunciature   Tuesday, January 16, 2018   SANTIAGO   08:20 MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Palacio de la Moneda            Speech of the Holy Father   09:00 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Salon Azul of the Palacio de la Moneda    10:30 Holy Mass in Parque O'Higgins             Homily of the Holy Father    16:00 Short VISIT TO THE SANTIAGO WOMEN'S PENITENTIAL CENTER               Greetings from the Holy Father    17:15 MEETING WITH PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, AND SEMINARIANS in the Cathedral of Santiago                Speech of the Holy Father    18:15 MEETING WITH BISHOPS in the Sacristy of the Cathedral             Greetings from the Holy Father    19:15 PRIVATE VISIT TO THE SANCTUARY by San Alberto Hurtado, SJ             Private meeting with the priests of the Society of Jesus   Wednesday, January 17, 2018   SANTIAGO-TEMUCO-SANTIAGO 08:00 Departure by plane from Santiago airport to Temuco   10:30 HOLY MASS in Maquehue Airport Homily of the Holy Father   12:45 Lunch with archaeologists in the "Madre de la Santa Cruz" house 15:30 Departure by plane from Temuco airport to Santiago 17:00 Arrival at Santiago Airport   17:30 MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE    Speech of the Holy Father    18:30 Transfer by car to the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile   19:00 VISIT TO PONTIFICIAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF CHILE             Speech of the Holy Father   Thursday 18 January 2018   SANTIAGO-IQUIQUE-LIMA    08:05 Departure by plane from Santiago airport to Iquique    10:35 Arrival at Iquique International Airport    11:30 HOLY MASS in Campus Lobito            Homily of the Holy Father    14:00 Lunch with Oblate Fathers   16:45 Arrival at Iquique Airport         FAREWELL  CEREMONY    17:05 Departure  from Iquique airport to Lima    PERU   Thursday 18 January 2018   SANTIAGO-IQUIQUE-LIMA   17:20 Arrival at Lima Airport            WELCOME CEREMONY   Friday, January 19, 2018   LIMA-PUERTO MALDONADO-LIMA    08:30 MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Courtyard of Honor              Speech of the Holy Father   09:00 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Salon of the Ambassadors at the Palacio de Gobierno    09:55 Departure by plane from Lima to Puerto Maldonado    11:45 Arrival at Puerto Maldonado Airport    12:00 MEETING WITH THE AMAZON PEOPLE in the Coliseo Regional Madre de Dios          Speech of the Holy Father   13:15 Lunch with representatives of the Amazonian people    15:45 VISIT TO HOGAR HOUSE             Greetings from the Holy Father    16:50 Departure by plane to Lima    18:40 Arrival at Lima airport    19:00 Private meeting with members of the Society of Jesus in the church of San Pedro    Saturday 20 January 2018   LIMA-TRUJILLO-LIMA    07:40 Departure by plane to Trujillo   09:10 Arrival at Trujillo airport    10:00 HOLY MASS              Homily of the Holy Father    12:15 Visit in  Pope mobile to the district "Buenos Aires"   15:00 Short visit to the Cathedral   15:30 MEETING WITH PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, SEMINARIANS in SS. Carlos AND Marcelo College              Speech of the Holy Father    16:45 MARIAN CELEBRATION in the Plaza de Armas             Speech of the Holy Father    18:15 Departure by plane to Lima    19:40 Arrival at Lima airport   Sunday, January 21, 2018   LIMA-ROME   09:15 PRAYER WITH CONTEMPLATIVE RELIGIOUS in the Sanctuary of the Señor de los Milagros              Homily of the Holy Father    10:30 PRAYER TO RELIQUES OF PERUVIAN SAINTS in the Cathedral of Lima                Prayer of the Holy Father    10:50 MEETING WITH BISHOPS in the Archbishop's Palace             Speech of the Holy Father   12:00 ANGELUS in the Plaza de Armas             Angelus of the Holy Father   12:30 Lunch and Prayer in Apostolic Nunciature   16:15 Holy Mass in the Air Base "Las Palmas"              Homily of the Holy Father    18:30 Arrive at the airport         FAREWELL CEREMONY   18:45 Departure by plane to Rome / Ciampino   Monday, January 22, 2018   ROME (from Vatican Radio)...
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Card. Parolin urges US Bishops to work for a more just and inclusive society
(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Pietro Parolin has urged US Bishops to continue their prophetic witness in the face of the challenges facing the nation. The Vatican Secretary of State's words came as he travelled to the United States to join celebrations for the 100th anniversary of their episcopal conference and for the opening of their plenary assembly .  Listen to the report by Linda Bordoni : To the Bishops gathered for Mass on Sunday at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore, Cardinal Pietro Parolin reflected on the liturgical reading of the day and said "May the fire of God's love inspire you as a body to make wise decisions free of all partisan spirit." This year's plenary marks the centenary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops that was founded in 1917 as the National Catholic War Council. The conference, Parolin said, "originated in a Spirit-filled and wise response to the human suffering and displacement of the First World War."  He noted that it is rooted in the care of American bishops for those who were "forced from their homes and came to the new world in search of security and a new life". Parolin recalled this history as, he said, "the Church in the US seeks to provide healing, comfort, and hope to new waves of migrants and refugees." He urged the bishops to provide a prophetic witness and "to be a source of wisdom and strength" and he praised the charitable institutions of the American Church. The Cardinal also looked forward to a series of meetings which are being held to assess and improve Hispanic ministry in the US noting that it is a way to "foster that heightened sense of missionary discipleship which Pope Francis considers the heart of the new evangelization." "In the century prior to the founding of your conference, the challenge facing the Church in this country was to foster communion in an immigrant Church to integrate the diversity of peoples, languages, and cultures in the one faith, and to inculcate a sense of responsible citizenship and concern for the common good" he said. Cardinal Parolin said the Catholic community is now called to work for a more just and inclusive society "by dispelling the shadows of polarization, divisiveness, and societal breakdown by the pure light of the gospel."  He praised the bishops for defending the right to life of the unborn and for their concern for ensuring access to health care as well as for their contribution to the discussion of important social issues and political debates, in particular concerning issues that involve "the defense of moral values and the rights of the poor, the elderly, the vulnerable, and those who have no voice." Parolin concluded mentioning the importance of pastoral care and giving thanks for the Spirit's gift of wisdom shown in the bishops' conference, and prayed that that they " make keep the lamp of faith burning brightly." The US Bishops assembly meetings are scheduled to continue through Wednesday. (from Vatican Radio)...
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Vatican announces initaitives for first World Day of Poor
(Vatican Radio) This Sunday, November 19th marks the first World Day of the Poor , which Pope Francis called for at the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Pontifical Council for New Evangelisation on Tuesday announced a number of special events that are taking place throughout the week to highlight this annual initiative. Listen to Philippa Hitchen's report: On Sunday morning in St Peter's Basilica, some four thousand poor and needy people, accompanied by volunteers from Italy, France, Spain, Brussels, Luxembourg and Poland will take part in a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Following the Eucharist, 1.500 of the visitors will be invited to lunch in the adjacent Paul VI Hall, while the other 2.500 guests will be taken to lunch in some of the Catholic colleges, seminaries and charitable organisations in the vicinity of the Vatican. Festive lunch in Paul VI Hall Those dining in the Paul VI Hall will be served a meal of gnocchi with tomato sauce and veal stew with vegetables, plus tiramisu and coffee for desert, all prepared by papal chef Sergio Dussin from Bassano del Grappa in Italy's northern Veneto region. The Vatican police band and a children's choir will provide background music for the festive lunch, which has been organised in collaboration with a number of local charity organisations and parishes. Prayer vigil at St Lawrence Basilica On the previous evening, Saturday 18th at 8pm, there will also be a prayer vigil in the ancient Rome Basilica of St Lawrence to remember volunteers all over the world who offer their services in support of the poor and marginalized. Throughout the week of the 13th to 19th November, meanwhile, a mobile clinic has been set up just in front of St Peter's Square offering free specialized medical services between the hours of 9am and 4pm. Free medical services A special booklet marking this first World Day of the Poor has also been published in six languages as a pastoral aid for dioceses and parishes worldwide who wish to take part in this important initiative. (from Vatican Radio)...
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