Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI: Pastoral visit to Loreto, Italy - October 4

Pope Benedict XVI will be travelling to the Italian Marian shrine of Loreto in two weeks time on a pastoral visit, marking the fiftieth anniversary of Blessed Pope John XXIII's visit to the same shrine. Pope Benedict will leave Vatican City State by helicopter on October 4, at 9 a.m., arriving at the John Paul II Centre at Montorso an hour later. At 10.20 a.m. he is due to visit the Holy House within the shrine, where he will adore the Blessed Sacrament and pray to Our Lady of Loreto. At 10.30 a.m. he will preside at the celebration of Mass in Our Lady of Loreto Square. Following lunch at the John Paul II Centre, Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to leave Loreto at 5 p.m.