POPE Francis has confirmed that he will be in Brazil from 22 to 29 July this year for the 28th World Youth Day (WYD), in Rio de Janeiro.
The Pope will depart from Rome’s Ciampino Airport at 8:45am on 22 July and arrive in Rio de Janeiro around 4:00pm (local time).
There will be a welcoming ceremony one hour after the Pope’s arrival in the gardens of the Guanabara Palace, which is the seat of the state’s government, where the Pope will be received by the president of the Brazilian Republic.
The Holy Father will reside at the Sumare Residence in Rio de Janeiro until Wednesday 24 July.
On the morning of Wednesday 24 July, at 8:15am he will travel by helicopter to the Shrine of our Lady of Aparecida where he will celebrate Mass. After lunch with the bishops and seminarians of the province at the Bom Jesus Missionary Seminary, he will return to Rio de Janeiro by helicopter. That evening he will visit the St Francis of Assisi of the Providence of God Hospital.
The Pope will receive the keys to the city of Rio de Janeiro and bless the Olympic flags at the City Palace on Thursday. That same morning he will visit a community in Varginha (in the Manguinhos neighbourhood of north Rio de Janeiro). In the evening there will be a welcoming ceremony by the youth along the Copacabana beachfront.
On Friday the Pope will hear the confession of some youth participating in the WYD at the Quinta da Boa Vista Park at 10am. He will then meet with juvenile detainees in the St Joaquim Palace of the Archbishop at 11:30am. From the central balcony of the palace, the Pope will pray the Angelus at noon. At 12:15pm he will greet the organising committee and patrons of the 28th WYD and have lunch with a group of youth. At 6pm The Way of the Cross will be held with the youth along the Copacabana beachfront.
The 28th WYD will open with Masson Saturday 27 July, celebrated with the bishops and with priests, religious, and seminarians in Rio de Janeiro’s St Sebastian Cathedral. After that, the Pope will meet with Brazil’s leaders at the Municipal Theatre. At the conclusion of that meeting’s he will have lunch with Brazil’s cardinals, the presidenct of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil, bishops from the region, and the papal entourage in the refectory of the Sumare Study Centre. At 7:30 pm a prayer vigil will be held with the youth at the Campus Fidei of Guaratiba.
The following day the Pope will celebrate Sunday Mass for the 28th WYD at the Campus Fidei. That afternoon he will meet with CELAM’s (the Latin American Episcopal Council) coordination committee at the Sumare Study Centre. The Holy Father will leave Sumare shortly before 5:00pm to meet with the WYD volunteers. The pontiff’s farewell ceremony will take place at 6:30pm, at the Galeao–Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport. The Pope’s plane will take off from Rio de Janeiro at 7:00pm and land in Rome on Monday 29 July at around 11:30am.