Thursday, July 21, 2005

Twenty Seven Days

... til the Holy Father meets with the youth in Cologne. Let's look at his itinerary for WYD:

Thursday, August 18:

Pope arrives in Cologne, lands in Bonn International Airport by noon. Then rides the boat down the Rhine river to be welcomed by the first group of young people. He attends a welcome ceremony before traveling by car to the archbishopric of Cologne.

Friday, August 19:

Short visit with Horst Kohler, president of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Villa Hammerschmidt in Bonn, where the Pope formerly taught theology.

Return to Cologne to visit synagogue, then to meet a group of young people for lunch at 1pm. At 5 pm, he will meet with seminarians at the Church of St. Pantaleon in Cologne. Then he meets with the archbishopric to participate in an ecumenical meeting.

Saturday, August 20:

Pope will celebrate private Mass in the archbishopric, followed by audiences with various political and civil leaders.

At 6pm he will meet with representatives of Muslim communities. Then he will travel by car to the large open grounds of Marienfeld where he will join young people in a vigil scheduled to last until 10:30 pm.

Sunday, August 21:

The Pope will celebrate Mass at Marienfeld at 10:00 am and will pray the Angelus. After lunch in the archbishopric, he will go to "Piussaal" of the seminary of Cologne where he will meet the bishops of the German Episcopal Conference.

Late afternoon, he will greet members of the organizing committee of WYD 2005. Then he will depart for the airport where the departure ceremony will be held at 6:45 pm.

From there, the Pope returns to Rome.


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