Schedule of Pope Benedict's visit (May 11-15)

May 6, 2009 16:22
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Tentative schedule Monday, 11 May 2009: Arrival and Official Welcome 11:00 - Arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport (from Jordan). Official welcoming ceremony headed by President Shimon Peres 12:05 Arrival at Mount Scopus helipad, Jerusalem. Welcoming ceremony by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat. 16:05 - Visit to the President's Residence Celebratory reception ceremony, working meeting with President Shimon Peres, joint planting of a tree in the Presidential Garden, personal addresses, artistic program. 17:30 - Visit to Yad Vashem, Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Memorial. Memorial ceremony at the Remembrance Hall; Wreath laying; Address by the Pope. Tuesday, 12 May 2009: Jerusalem and Mass at Kidron Valley 9:15 - Visit the Temple Mount and meet with the Grand Mufti 10:00 - Visit the Western Wall accompanied by the Chief Rabbis of Israel 10:35 - Visit the Chief Rabbis at the Heichal Shlomo Synagogue 12:00 - Visit to the Church of Dormition, site of the Last Supper. Live broadcast. 12:30 - Visit and prayer at Latin Patriarch 16:15 - Visit Gethsemane Church and a solemn afternoon Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane Wednesday, 13 May 2009: Visit Bethlehem Celebration of Mass at Manger Square Thursday, 14 May 2009: Visit Nazareth 9:15 - Arrival in Nazareth, welcoming ceremony and the ceremony of bread and salt. Reception by Mayor of Nazareth. 10:00 - Mass at Mount of the Precipice 15:50 - Meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Church of the Annunciation. Live broadcast. 16:30 - Meeting with the Faith Heads in Israel, Church of the Annunciation 17:30 Prayer at the Church of the Annunciation Friday, 15 May 2009: Departure 9:15 - Meeting at the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch 10:00 - Visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Live broadcast. 13:30 - Official farewell and ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport, including speeches by President Shimon Peres and Pope Benedict XVI

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