Vatican City, 31 July 2014 (VIS) – The programme of the Pope's Apostolic trip to Tirana, Albania, scheduled for 21 September, was published today.
The Holy Father will depart at 7.30 a.m. from Rome's Fiumicino airport, and will arrive at the “Mother Theresa” aerodrome in Tirana at 9 a.m., where he will be greeted by the prime minister, Edi Rama. He will proceed to the Presidential Palace to make a courtesy visit to the president of the Republic of Albania, Bujar Nishani, followed by greetings with the political authorities.
At 11 a.m., Francis will celebrate Mass and pray the Sunday Angelus in Mother Theresa Square. He will then transfer to the apostolic nunciature to lunch with the Albanian bishops and members of the papal entourage. At 4 p.m. he will address the leaders of other religions and Christian denominations at the Catholic University “Our Lady of Good Counsel”. At 5 p.m. he will celebrate Vespers with the priests, religious, seminarians and members of Albanian lay movements in the Cathedral of Tirana, after which, at 6.30 a.m., he will visit children at the Betania Centre, along with various people from other charitable centres in Albania.
At 7.45 the Pope will leave for the airport, departing for Rome at 8 p.m. He is expected to arrive in Rome's Ciampino airport at 9.30 p.m.