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His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI. comes to the Czech Republic for a state visit

9/24/2009 , Prague

His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI. comes to the Czech Republic for a state visit

On the invitation of the President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus and Czech Bishops' Conference, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will come for a visit to the Czech Republic on September 26-28, 2009. During his three-day stay the Pope will visit Prague, Brno and Stará Boleslav.

Selection from the program of the visit

(subject to alterations)


Day 1 of the visit

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Arrival - Prague - Stará Ruzyně Airport

11:30 - arrival of His Holiness Benedict XVI

- welcome of the Holy Father by the President of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Livia Klausová

-  welcome ceremony with military honours

11:50 - speech of the President

12:00 - discourse of the Holy Father Benedict XVI.

Welcome by mayors of Prague districts and a visit to the Churchof Our Lady Victorious (Chrám Panny Marie Vítězné)

 12:30 - arrival of the Holy Father at the church at Churchof Our Lady of Victory
(at Karmelitská street 9, at the staircase to the main portal)
- welcome of the Holy Father Benedict XVI by the Mayor of the Capital of Prague and by mayors of Prague districts

 12:40 - visit to the Church of Our Lady Victorious / meeting with families 

Reception of the Holy Father at the Prague Castle and meeting the public life representatives

 16:30 - reception of the Holy Father Benedict XVI by the President of the Republic and Mrs. Livia Klausová
(the Throne Room)  

16:30 - meeting of the Cardinal – the secretary of state and the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic
(the Drawing room of the State Apartment)

 17:05 -  meeting of the Holy Father Benedict XVI with the Czech public life representatives
(the Spanish Hall) 

17:10 - greetings by the President of the Republic

17:15 - concert given by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

17:35 - end of the concert

17:40 - greetings by the Holy Father Benedict XVI

 

Day 2 of the visit

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Pontifical Mass Brno – Tuřany

10:00 - the Holy Mass (incl. prayer of the Angelus)

12:15 - end of the Mass 

Meeting of the Holy Father with the representatives of academic world at the Vladislav Hall of Prague Castle

18:00 - the start of the meeting of His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI with the academic world
(the Vladislav Hall) 

 

Day 3 of the visit

Monday, 28 September 2009

Basilica of St Wenceslaus in Stará Boleslav

8:50 - arrival of the Holy Father to the Basilica of St. Wenceslaus in Stará Boleslav

Holy Mass at Proboštská louka (Stará Boleslav)

9:20 - arrival of the President of the Republic and Mrs. Livia Klausová to Proboštská louka

9:45 - beginning of the solemn Holy Mass celebrated by His Holiness Benedict XVI

12:00 - end of the Mass 

Departure – Prague – Stará Ruzyně Airport

 17:30 - arrival of the presidential couple and the Holy Father to the take-off area

 - farewell ceremony with military honours

17:40 - speech of the President of the Czech Republic

17:45 - discourse of the Pope Benedict XVI

17:50 - farewell of state representatives to the Pope Benedict XVI

 - farewell of the President of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Livia Klausová to the Pope Benedict XVI

17:55 - departure of His Holiness the Pope Benedict XVI to Rome

Radim Ochvat, Director of the Press Department

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