Today, the Vatican released the official itinerary for Pope Francis’ trip to Israel, which, of course, includes part of mine since I’m told there will be at least one Mass with the Holy Father included in my itinerary.
Here’s Pope Francis’ schedule for the Israeli trip:
May 24: The Holy Father will arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, and will be driven to the Al-Husseini Royal Palace where he will be greeted by the King and Queen of Jordan.
Afterward, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass at the International Stadium and visit the site of Jesus’ Baptism in Bethany beyond the Jordan. Concluding his first day, the Pope will meet with refugees and disabled youth at a Latin Church near the site.
May 25: Pope Francis will travel by helicopter to Bethlehem where he will meet with President Mahmoud Abbas and address the Palestinian Authority. Then he’ll celebrate Mass in Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Before departing for Jerusalem, the Holy Father will visit the grotto of the Nativity and visit a refugee camp.
Once in Jerusalem, the Holy Father will meet with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and will take part in an Ecumenical Meeting to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the meeting in Jerusalem between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras.
May 26: Pope Francis will visit the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and make stops at the Wailing Wall, and the Yad Vashem. The Holy Father will also celebrate mass at the Cenacle, site of the Last Supper.
And so, the excitement mounts… Stay tuned!