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Finalized Official Itinerary of Pope Francis' visit to Sri Lanka released

The finalized official schedule of the Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, was released by Vatican today. The Pope is scheduled to visit the island from January 13-15, 2015.

The visit is taking place following an invitation extended to Pope Francis by President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

His Holiness will also preside over the canonisation of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka, as the first Saint of Sri Lanka.


Monday, January 12, 2015

19:00 - Departure from the Airport of Rome/Fiumicino to Colombo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

09:00 - Arrival at the Colombo International Airport, Katunayake


13:15 - MEETING with the Bishops of SRI LANKA at the Archbishop's Hose, Colombo - 08

17:00 - COURTESY VISIT to the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at the President's House.

18:15 - INTER-RELIGIOUS MEETING in the Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) Colombo

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

08:30 - Celebration of Holy Eucharist and Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz in Galle Face Green, Colombo

14:00 - Departure to Madhu Shrine

15:30 - MARIAN PRAYER at the Shrine of our Lady of Rosary of Madhu

16:45 - Departure to Colombo

Thursday, January 15, 2015

08:15 - Visit to the Chapel of the "Benedict XVI Cultural Institute" at Bolawalana

08:45 - Farewell ceremony at the Colombo International Airport, Katunayake

09:00 - Departure from Colombo to Manila

Courtesy : Department of Government Information