Official itinerary of Pope Francis' UAE visit in 2019 revealed

Official itinerary of Pope Francis UAE visit in 2019 revealed

Pope Francis will visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on his second day here.

By Staff Report

Published: Thu 13 Dec 2018, 3:35 PM

The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' visit to the UAE. This schedule has been most awaited since the announcement of the pontiff's visit a week ago.
Upon arrival on Sunday, February 3, he will be greeted by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces, along with key UAE dignitaries at the Abu Dhabi Presidential airport.
On the second day of his three-day visit, Pope Francis will visit the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi to hold a private meeting with the Muslim Council of Elders. The mosque is named after the late Sheikh Zayed, the founding father of the UAE.

Sunday, February 3

Rome to Abu Dhabi  
1pm - Departure by plane from Rome / Fiumicino to Abu Dhabi
10pm - Arrival at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport 
Official welcome.

Monday, February 4

Abu Dhabi  
12pm - Welcome ceremony at the main entrance of the Presidential Palace
12.20pm - Official visit to the Crown Prince in the Presidential Palace
5pm - Private meeting with the members of The Muslim Council of Elders in the Grand Mosque of Sheik Zayed.  
6.10pm - Interreligious meeting in the Founder's Memorial
Discourse of the Holy Father  

Tuesday, February 5

Abu Dhabi to Rome  
9.15am - Visit in Private to the Cathedral  
10.30am - Santa Messa in Zayed Sports City - Homily of the Holy Father 
12.40pm - Farewell ceremony at the Abu Dhabi Presidential Airport
1pm - Departure by plane to Rome
5pm - Arrival at the Rome / Ciampino International Airport
The three-day visit will also incorporate an encounter with the Catholics of the region, with a Papal Mass on Tuesday, February 5 at 10.30am at Zayed Sports City.
More than hundred thousand are expected to attend the Papal Mass and the Church is working with the Government to plan for the event.

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