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Full schedule released for Pope's May visit to Venice

February 15, 2011

The Vatican has released the details of a visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the Italian cities of Aquileia and Venice, which will take place May 7-8.

The Holy Father will leave Rome by plane early on Saturday afternoon, May 7, for the flight to Aquileia, near the Slovenian border. There he will attend a preparatory session for the Congress of Aquileia, which will be held at Pentecost 2012. Later in the day he will continue on to Venice, where he will visit the basilica of St. Mark.

On Sunday, May 8, the Pontiff will preside at an outdoor Mass in Venice in the morning. In the afternoon he will return to St. Mark's basilica for an ecclesial assembly. After meetings with the city's leaders, he will bless a new chapel in the Basilica della Salute, and the new library of the Studium Generale Marcianum.

The Pope's return flight is due in Rome at 8:30 on Sunday evening.


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