CITY (CNS) -- Celebrating the 100th anniversary of apparitions of Our Lady of
Fatima, Pope Francis will lead the evening recitation of rosary and celebrate
Mass on the anniversary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima when he visits Portugal
The pope will make the two-day pilgrimage to the site where
Mary appeared to three shepherd children May 13, 1917. The apparitions
continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were
declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church.
During his visit, the pope also will meet with President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and have lunch
with the bishops of Portugal.
Pope Francis will be the fourth pontiff to visit the Marian
shrine, following in
the footsteps of Blessed Paul VI, St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, who each made visits on a May 13 to mark the
anniversary of the first apparition.
Here is the schedule for the pope's trip to Fatima as released by the Vatican March
20. All times are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses:
Friday, May 12 (Rome, Fatima)
-- 2 p.m. (8 a.m.) Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport.
-- 4:20 p.m. (11:20 a.m.) Arrival at Monte Real air base in Leiria, Portugal.
-- 4:35 p.m. (11:35 a.m.) Private meeting with the president
of Portugal at the Monte Real Air Base.
-- 4:55 p.m. (11:55 a.m.) Visit to the Monte Real air base chapel.
-- 5:15 p.m. (12:15 p.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Fatima
-- 5:35 p.m. (12:35 p.m.) Arrival at Fatima stadium and
transfer to the shrine.
-- 6:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m.) Visit and prayer at the Little
Chapel of the Apparitions.
-- 9:30 p.m. (4:15 p.m.) Blessing of the candles at the
chapel. Speech by pope and recitation
of the rosary.
Saturday, May 13
-- 9:10 a.m. (4:10 a.m.) Meeting with prime minister of Portugal at Our Lady of Mount Carmel house in Fatima.
-- 9:40 a.m. (4:40 a.m.) Visit to the Basilica of Our Lady
of the Rosary at Fatima.
a.m. (5 a.m.)
Outdoor Mass at the basilica. Homily by pope. Greeting by pope to the sick.
-- 12:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) Lunch with the bishops of Portugal
at Our Lady of
Mount Carmel house
-- 2:45 p.m. (9:45 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at the Monte Real air base.
-- 3 p.m.
(10 a.m.) Departure
-- 7:05 p.m. (1:05 p.m.) Arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport.