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POPE-SPAIN Jun-12-2006 (570 words) With map. xxxi

Pope's first trip to Spain to include nighttime vigil, morning Mass

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's first trip to Spain will include a festive, nighttime vigil and morning Mass with families from all over the world as well as meetings with Spain's bishops, the Spanish royal family and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

The pope will visit the Mediterranean port city of Valencia July 8-9 to help close the Fifth World Meeting of Families. More than 1.5 million people are expected to be in Valencia for the families meeting, which will run July 1-9.

During his brief, but busy journey, the pope will visit Valencia's Gothic cathedral and the city's ultramodern City of the Arts and the Sciences center where the international families meeting will be held.

This will mark the pope's third foreign trip and his second that had already been planned by Pope John Paul II. The late pope, who called the first World Meeting of Families at the Vatican in 1994, had announced in 2003 that the 2006 meeting would be held in Valencia. Families from six continents will meet to discuss "Transmitting the Faith in the Family."

Here is the schedule for the pope's trip as released June 12 by the Vatican. Times listed are local, with Eastern Daylight Time in parentheses.

Saturday, July 8 (Rome, Valencia)

-- 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.), Departure from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Airport.

-- 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.), Arrival at Valencia's Manises airport. Welcoming ceremony. Speech by the pope.

-- 12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.), Transfer by open-top convertible to the cathedral of Valencia.

-- 1 p.m. (7 a.m.), Meeting with Spanish bishops in the cathedral's Basilica of the Virgin. Speech by the pope.

-- 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.), Pope recites Angelus and gives greetings outside the cathedral in the city's Plaza of the Virgin.

-- 1:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m.), Pope walks from the plaza to the archbishop's residence.

-- 2 p.m. (8 a.m.), Arrival at archbishop's residence.

-- 5:10 p.m. (11:10 a.m.), Transfer by car to the Valencian government headquarters.

-- 5:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.), Courtesy visit with the Spanish royal family.

-- 6 p.m. (12 p.m.), Transfer by car to the archbishop's residence.

-- 6:30 p.m. (12:30 p.m.), Meeting with Zapatero.

-- 8:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m.), Transfer in open-top convertible to the City of the Arts and the Sciences center.

-- 9 p.m. (3 p.m.), Meeting with families during testimonial, prayer ceremonies. Speech by the pope.

-- 11 p.m. (5 p.m.), Transfer by car to the archbishop's residence.

-- 11:15 p.m. (5:15 p.m.), Arrival at the archbishop's residence.

Sunday, July 9 (Valencia, Rome)

-- 8:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m.), Farewell ceremony at the archbishop's residence.

-- 8:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m.), Transfer by open-top convertible to the City of the Arts and the Sciences center.

-- 9:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.), Arrival at the center's sacristy.

-- 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.), Celebration of Mass in the arts center closing the Fifth World Meeting of Families. Homily by the pope. After the Mass, recitation of the Angelus and greeting by the pope.


-- 12 p.m. (6 a.m.), Return to the center's sacristy.

-- 12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m.), Transfer by car to the Manises airport.

-- 12:45 p.m. (6:45 a.m.), Farewell ceremony at the airport. Speech by the pope.

-- 1:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.), Departure for Rome.


-- 3:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.), Arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport.

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