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Pope Francis to Visit Italian Cities of Bari and Florence

Trips Scheduled in April and May of 2018

On Friday 20 April the Holy Father Francis will pay a pastoral visit to Alessano (Lecce), in the diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, and to Molfetta (Bari) in the diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, on the 25th anniversary of the death of H.E. Msgr. Tonino Bello.

In addition, on Thursday 10 May 2018, the Pope will pay a pastoral visit to Nomadelfia, in the province and diocese of Grosseto, where he will meet with the Community founded by Don Zeno Saltini, and to Loppiano (Florence) in the diocese of Fiesole, where he will visit the International Cittadella of the Focolare Movement.

 

Here are the Vatican-provided programs of the visits:

 

Pastoral Visit of the Holy Father to Alessano (Lecce), in the diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca, and to Molfetta (Bari), in the diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi, on the 25th anniversary of the death of H.E. Msgr. Tonino Bello (20 April 2018) – Programme, 02.02.2018

FRIDAY 20 APRIL 2018

ALESSANO – Birthplace of H.E. Msgr. Tonino Bello (1935)
Province of Lecce, and diocese of Ugento-Santa Maria di Leuca

MOLFETTA   Diocese where Msgr. Bello was bishop, on the 25th anniversari of his death (1993)
Province of Bari, and diocese of Molfetta-Ruvo-Giovinazzo-Terlizzi

 

7.00 Departure by car from the Vatican
7.30 Departure by air from Ciampino Airport
8.20 Arrival at military airport of Galatina, Lecce

Logistical transfer: Departure by helicopter for Alessano

8.30 Landing in car park adjacent to the Cemetery of Alessano

The Holy Father is received by:

– H.E. Msgr. Vito Angiuli, bishop of Ugento

– Francesca Torsello, mayor of Alessano

The Holy Father pauses in private at the tomb of Msgr. Tonino Bello, then greets Msgr. Bello’s family members.

– In the square in front of the Cemetery: Meeting with the faithful

– Greeting from H.E. Msgr. Vito Angiuli, bishop of Ugento

– Address of the Holy Father

– The Holy Father greets a representation of faithful

9.30 Departure from Alessano
10.15 Landing in the area of the port adjacent to the Cathedral of Molfetta

The Holy Father is received by:

– H.E. Msgr. Domenico Cornacchia, bishop of Molfetta

– Tommaso Minervini, mayor of Molfetta

10.30 Port of Molfetta: Eucharistic Concelebration

– Homily of the Holy Father

12.00 Departure from the Port of Molfetta
13.30 Arrival at Vatican heliport

 

Pastoral Visit of the Holy Father to Nomadelfia, in the diocese of Grosseto, to meet the Community founded by Don Zeno Saltini, and to Loppiano (Florence) in the diocese of Fiesole, to visit the International Cittadella of the Focolare Movement (10 May 2018) – Programme, 02.02.2018

THURSDAY 10 MAY 2018

NOMADELFIA       – Visit to the Community founded by Don Zeno Saltini (1900-1981)
in the province and diocese of Grosseto

LOPPIANO              – Visit to the International Cittadella of the Focolare Movement
in the province of Florence, and in the diocese of Fiesole

7.30 Departure from Vatican heliport
8.05 Arrival in Nomadelfia sports field
   

The Holy Father is received by:
– H.E. Msgr. Rodolfo Cetoloni, bishop of Grosseto
– Don Ferdinando Neri, and Francesco Matterazzo, president of the Community

Pause in the cemetery at the tomb of Don Zeno Saltini

Visita ad un gruppo familiare della Comunità

In church: Meeting with the Members of the Community

– Celebration with the young

– Address of the Holy Father

9.30 Departure from the Nomadelfia sports field
10.00 Landing in the Loppiano sports field

The Holy Father is received by:
– H.E. Msgr. Mario Meini, bishop of Fiesole
– Maria Voce, president of the Focolare Movement

10.15 Pause for prayer in the Mary Theotokos Shrine
10.30 On the parvis of the Shrine: Meeting with the Community

– Greeting from Maria Voce, president of the Work of Mary
– Questions to the Holy Father
– Address of the Holy Father

The Holy Father greets a Representation from the Community

11.45 Departure from Loppiano sports field
12.35 Arrival at Vatican heliport

 

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