Day-by-day schedule of papal trip to Africa

(CNS graphic/Karen Riccio)

(CNS graphic/Karen Riccio)

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Here is the schedule released by the Vatican for Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic Nov. 25-30. The times listed are local with Eastern Standard Time in parentheses:

  Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Rome, Nairobi)

7:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m.) Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport.

5 p.m. (9 a.m.) Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, followed by a welcoming ceremony at Kenya’s State House.

6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Courtesy visit with Kenya’s president at the State House.

6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.) Meeting with Kenyan government officials and members of the diplomatic corps at the State House. Speech by pope.

Thursday, Nov. 26 (Nairobi)

8:15 a.m. (12:15 a.m.) Meeting with interreligious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi. Speech by pope.

10 a.m. (2 a.m.) Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi. Homily by pope.

3:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m.) Meeting with priests, religious and seminarians on the sports field of St Mary’s School. Speech by pope.

5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Visit to the United Nations Office in Nairobi. Speech by pope.

Friday, Nov. 27 (Nairobi; Entebbe, Uganda)

8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m.) Visit to the Kangemi neighborhood in Nairobi. Speech by pope.

Pope Francis greets journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 25. The pope is visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic during his six-day African tour. (CNS/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis greets journalists aboard his flight from Rome to Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 25. The pope is visiting Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic during his six-day African tour. (CNS/Paul Haring)

10 a.m. (2 a.m.) Meeting with youths at Kasarani Stadium. Speech by pope.

11:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of Kenya in the stadium’s VIP room.

3:10 p.m. (7:10 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

3:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) Departure from Nairobi for Entebbe, Uganda.

4:50 p.m. (8:50 a.m.) Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.

5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Courtesy visit with the president of Uganda in the State House in Entebbe.

6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with Ugandan authorities and members of the diplomatic corps in the conference room of the State House. Speech by pope.

7:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.) Visit to Munyonyo and meeting with catechists and teachers. Greeting by pope.

   Saturday, Nov. 28 (Namugongo, Kampala)

8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m.) Visit to the Anglican martyrs’ shrine at Namugongo.

9:00 a.m. (1 a.m.) Visit to the Catholic martyrs’ shrine at Namugongo.

9:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m.) Mass for the martyrs of Uganda near the Catholic shrine. Homily by pope.

3:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m.) Meeting with young people at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala. Speech by pope.

5 p.m. (9 a.m.) Visit to the Nalukolongo House of Charity. Greeting by pope.

6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of Uganda in the archbishop’s residence.

7 p.m. (11 a.m.) Meeting with priests, religious and seminarians in Kampala’s cathedral. Speech by pope.

Sunday, Nov. 29 (Entebbe; Bangui, Central African Republic)

9 a.m. (1 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at Entebbe airport.

9:15 a.m. (1:15 a.m.) Departure for Bangui.

10 a.m. (4 a.m.) Arrival at M’Poko International Airport in Bangui. Welcoming ceremony.

11 a.m. (5 a.m.) Courtesy visit with the country’s transitional president in the presidential palace.

11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.) Meeting with leaders and with the diplomatic corps. Speech by pope.

12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.) Visit to a refugee camp.

1 p.m. (7 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of the Central African Republic.

4 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with evangelical communities at the evangelical theological school in Bangui. Speech by pope.

5 p.m. (11 a.m.) Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths in the Bangui cathedral. Homily by pope.

7 p.m. (1 p.m.) Hearing the confessions of some young people and beginning a prayer vigil outside the cathedral. Speech by pope.

Monday, Nov. 30

8:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m.) Meeting with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui. Speech by pope.

9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.) Mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium. Homily by pope.

12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at M’Poko International Airport.

12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m.) Departure for Rome.

6:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m.) Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport.

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