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Schedule set for Pope's June visit to Croatia

Catholic World News - April 18, 2011

The Vatican has released the full schedule for a trip by Pope Benedict XVI to Croatia, to take place June 4-5.

The trip—the Pontiff’s first foreign trip of this year—will coincide with the National Day for Croatian Families.

The Holy Father will leave Rome on Saturday morning, June 4, and arrive at Zagreb’s Pleso airport at 11. After a welcoming ceremony he will go to the presidential palace to meet with President Ivo Josipovic, then to the residence of the apostolic nuncio, where he will meet with Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor. Saturday evening the Pope will meet with community leaders in Zagreb, then preside at a prayer vigil for young people.

On Sunday morning, June 5, the Pope will preside at Mass for the National Day for Croatian Families at a stadium in Zagreb. After lunch with the country’s bishops he will lead a Vespers service for clergy and religious at the city’s cathedral, and pray at the tomb of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac. Then he will meet with Cardinal Josip Bozanic, and travel from the cardinal’s residence to the airport for his return flight to Rome.

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