· From 12 to 18 February ·
The Pope will visit Mexico from 12 to 18 February 2016. The official schedule for the Apostolic Journey was published by the Holy See Press Office after the Pope’s announcement during Mass on 12 December for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Pope’s flight will take off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport on Friday the 12th at 12:30 local time. It is scheduled to arrive in Mexico City at 7:30 that evening at the Benito Juárez International Airport, where an official welcome will take place.
On Saturday, 13 February, Pope Francis will begin the day at the National Palace with a welcome ceremony and a courtesy visit with the President of the Republic, followed by a meeting with authorities, representatives of civil society and the diplomatic corps. Thereafter, in the Cathedral, Francis will meet with the bishops of Mexico. In the afternoon he will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
On Sunday the 14th the Pope will travel by helicopter to Ecatepec, where he will celebrate Mass in the morning at the study centre. After returning to Mexico City the Holy Father will visit the Federico Gómez children’s hospital. He will finish the day with a cultural meeting in the national auditorium.
On Monday the 15th, Francis will travel by plane to Tuxtla Gutiérrez and then by helicopter to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. There, in the municipal sport centre, he will celebrate Mass with the indigenous communities of Chiapas. He will then have lunch with representatives of the indigenous communities. This will be followed by a visit to the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, after which the Holy Father will return by helicopter to Tuxtla Gutiérrez for a meeting with families in the Victor Manuel Reyna stadium. He will return by plane to Mexico City in the evening.
The Pope will be flown by airplane on Tuesday morning to Morelia to celebrate Mass with priests, men and women religious, consecrated people and seminarians. After visiting the cathedral the Holy Father will attend a meeting with young people in the José María Morelos y Pavón stadium before returning to Mexico City by plane.
A flight on Wednesday morning the 17th will take the Pontiff to Ciudad Juárez for a visit to the penitentiary. Afterwards he will meet with representatives of the world of labour at the Bachilleres college in the state of Chihuahua. He will celebrate Mass that afternoon at the Ciudad Juárez fairgrounds. A farewell ceremony will be held at approximately 7:15 pm at the Abraham González International Airport before Francis’ return flight takes off. It is scheduled to land in Rome at 2:45 pm on Thursday, 18 February.
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