PAPAL VISIT SCHEDULE
( EWTNews) Beginning Monday, Pope John Paul
II will make his second pilgrimage to the Middle East. Thirty-six
years ago, as a young archbishop from Poland, the Holy Father
journeyed with other bishops to the Holy Land, a 10-day visit that
left him in awe over "places that are the most sacred in this
The first stop of the Pope’s visit is
Amman, Jordon. In preparation, city workers in Amman have hung
flags and banners in the yellow and white Papal colors to welcome
the Holy Father. One banner reads "Jordan loves the
The working schedule for the Papal visit to
the Holy Land:
Monday, March 20
Amman, Jordan: Welcome ceremony; private
visit to Franciscan monastery on Mount Nebo, the place from which
Moses saw the Promised Land, and visit with King Abdullah of
Tuesday, March 21
* Amman: Mass in stadium; meeting with patriarch and bishops of
Amman; visit to Wadi-al-Kharrar in the Jordan Valley.
Archaeologists now believe this is the spot where Jesus was
* Tel Aviv: Welcome ceremony
* Jerusalem: Arrival
Wednesday, March 22
* Bethlehem: Mass in Manger Square in front
of the Basilica of the Nativity; private visit to the Grotto of
the Nativity; visit with Yasser Arafat, leader of the Palestinian
National Authority; visit to the Palestinian refugee camp of
Deheisha; return to Jerusalem.
Thursday, March 23
* Jerusalem: Mass in private in the chapel
of the Cenacle in Jerusalem, where Jesus is said to have eaten the
Last Supper. Visit with the two chief rabbis of Israel; visit with
Israeli President Ezer Weizman; visit to the Holocaust memorial;
Friday, March 24
* Korazim: Mass for youth at a modern
hostel, called Domus Galilaeae, near the Mount of the Beatitudes,
site of the Sermon on the Mount; meeting with Prime Minister Ehud
* Tabgha: Private visit to the Church of the
Multiplication of the Loaves; private visit to the Church of St.
Peter's Primacy; return to Jerusalem.
Saturday, March 25
* Nazareth: Prayer in the Grotto of the
Annunciation; Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.
* Jerusalem: Private visit to the Basilica
of the Garden of Gethsemane (below), where Jesus is said to have
agonized on the eve of his arrest; meeting with Greek Orthodox
patriarchs and bishops.
Sunday, March 26
* Jerusalem: Private visit to the Basilica
of the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus is said to have agonized
on the eve of his arrest; meeting with Greek Orthodox patriarchs
* Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher,
commemorating Jesus's crucifixion, death, burial and resurrection;
meeting with patriarchs and bishops in the Latin Patriarchate of
Jerusalem; farewell ceremony in Tel Aviv; return to Rome.
Following is the tentative itinerary for
Pope John Paul II's visit to Israel
17:30 - Arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport; welcoming
18:20 - Departure by helicopter to Jerusalem.
18:45 - Arrival at helipad in Jerusalem.
08:15 - Departure from Jerusalem helipad to Bethlehem.
08:30 - Arrival at helipad in Bethlehem; welcoming ceremony.
10:00 - Mass in Manger Square in front of the Basilica of the
15;45 - Private visit to the Grotto of the Nativity.
16:15 - Meet Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat at his
17:15 - Visit Dehaisheh refugee camp.
18:30 - Farewell ceremony at the Bethlehem helipad.
19:15 - Arrival at the Jerusalem helipad.
08:30 - Private Mass at the Chapel of the Cenacle, Jerusalem.
11:00 - Private meeting with Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir
Lau and Sephardi Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, at Heichal
11:30 - Meet President Ezer Weizman, at the President's Residence,
12:30 - Visit Yad Vashem.
17:45 - Hold inter-religious meeting at the Auditorium of the
Pontifical Institute Notre Dame, Jerusalem.
08:15 - Departure from Jerusalem helipad.
09:15 - Arrival at Korazim helipad.
10:00 - Mass for youth at Domus Galilaeae at the Mount of
16:00 - Meet Prime Minister Ehud Barak, at the Hospice at the
Sanctuary at the Mount of Beautitudes, Korazim.
16:45 - Private visit to Church of the Multiplication of the
17:10 - Private visit to Church of the Primacy of Peter, Tabgha.
17:40 - Private visit to Sanctuary of the House of St. Peter,
18:15 - Departure from Capernaum helipad.
19:15 - Arrival at Jerusalem helipad.
08:15 - Departure from Jerusalem helipad for Nazareth.
09:00 - Arrival at Nazareth helipad.
09:20 - Prayer at the Grotto of the Annunciation.
10:00 - Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation.
12:50 - Departure from Nazareth helipad.
13:30 - Arrival at Jerusalem helipad.
17:00 - Brief greeting to the consuls-general at the Apostolic
17:30 - Private visit to the Basilica of the Garden of Gethsemane
18:00 - Ecumenical meeting at the Throne Room of the Greek
Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem.
10:00 - Courtesy visit to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, on Temple
Mount esplanade, Jerusalem.
10:30 - Visit Western Wall, Jerusalem.
11:30 - Mass and recitation of the Angelus at the Church of the
Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.
14:30 - Meet patriarchs and bishops at the Latin Patriarchate,
18:00 - Departure from the Jerusalem helipad.
18:30 - Farewell ceremony at Ben Gurion International Airport.
19:00 - Departure from Ben Gurion International Airport.