Pope Francis: official agenda from September to November

Two international apostolic journeys and four jubilee events in addition to the final ceremony – these are the highlights on the agenda of the celebrations to be presided over by Pope Francis from September to November 2016, as announced today by the Holy See Press Office. The Pope will be in Georgia and Azerbaijan from 30 September to 2 October, and then in Sweden, from 31 October to 1 November, to participate in the commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Of the celebrations linked to the Jubilee Year, the first one will be the Jubilee for catechists on Sunday, 25 September, followed by the Marian Jubilee on Sunday, 9 October (preceded by a Marian Vigil in St Peter’s Square at 5.30pm on Saturday), the Jubilee for prisoners on Sunday, 6 November, and the Jubilee for homeless people on 13 November. At the first two events, the Pope will celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Square at 10.30am. At the Jubilees of prisoners and of homeless people, the Mass will be celebrated in the Vatican Basilica at 10am. Also on the agenda is the Papal Chapel for the canonisation of 7 Blesseds (Mass will be celebrated in St Peter’s Square at 10.15am on Sunday, 16 October), and the Mass in memory of the bishops and cardinals who have died during the past year (at 11.30am on Friday, 4 November, at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica). Finally, the closing Mass of the Jubilee of Mercy is scheduled for 10am in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, 20 November.

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