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The Pontiff in Sarajevo

· Schedule presented for 6 June visit ·

The celebration of Mass and a long series of meetings will articulate Pope Francis’ visit to Sarajevo on 6 June. The schedule of the eighth international journey of the pontificate was announced on Tuesday morning, 14 April, by the Holy See Press Office, and simultaneously presented at a conference held in the Bosnian capital.

The Pope is scheduled to depart from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport at 7:30 am and land an hour-and-a-half later at Sarajevo International Airport, where an official welcome will take place. The welcome ceremony will be held in the square facing the Presidential Palace. Then Pope Francis will make a courtesy visit to the Presidency of the Republic and meet with the Authorities, during which the Pope will deliver the first of the five addresses on the agenda.

At about 11:00 he will celebrate Mass in the Kosevo Stadium with the Catholic community. The morning will conclude with a lunch with the Bishops of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the papal entourage at the Apostolic Nunciature.

In the afternoon, Francis will speak to priests, men and women religious and seminarians in the cathedral. He will then preside at an ecumenical and interreligious meeting at the Franciscan International Student Centre. The Pope’s last activities will be greeting young people in the John Paul IIdiocesan youth centre, before attending the farewell ceremony at the Sarajevo airport. For his return to Rome that evening, the Pontiff is expected to arrive at Ciampino airport.

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