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Schedule set for Pope's May visit to Milan

Catholic World News - February 28, 2012

The Vatican has released the full schedule for a May trip to Milan by Pope Benedict XVI, to participate in the 7th World Meeting of Families.

The Pope will arrive in Milan on Friday afternoon, June 1, joining the meeting that is scheduled to begin May 29. After an airport welcoming ceremony with local officials the Pontiff will speak at the Piazza del Duomo in the afternoon. That evening he will attend a concert in his honor at the city’s famous opera house, La Scala, with Daniel Barenboim conducting.

On Saturday morning the Holy Father will lead the Liturgy of the Hours at Milan’s cathedral, for priests and religious. Then he will go to the San Siro stadium to speak with young people preparing for Confirmation. In the afternoon he will address local officials. Finally in the evening he will join the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Benedict will preside at Sunday Mass for participants in the meeting, and share lunch with organizers before boarding his return flight to Rome that afternoon.

The World Meetings of Families, begun in 1994 in response to the apostolic exhortation Familiaris Consortio, has been held every 3 years since that time.

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