Pope Francis' Apostolic Visit to Sweden
October 31 – November 1, 2016
On Monday, October 31, Pope Francis travels to Sweden to mark the joint Lutheran-Catholic commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation [https://2017.lutheranworld.org/]. This would be the first visit by any pope to Scandinavia since 1989, when St. John Paul II’s 1989 travelled to Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden. In 1947 the Lutheran World Federation was founded in Lund, Sweden. The invitation to Pope Francis to travel to Sweden did not come from the Church in Sweden but from the Lutheran World Federation and from the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.

The Holy Father will arrive in Malmö at 11.00am, where, following an official welcome, he will travel to the nearby city of Lund and pay a courtesy visit to the Swedish royal family before leading an ecumenical prayer service with Lutheran leaders at the Lutheran Cathedral in Lund.

In the afternoon the Pope returns to Malmö, where he will take part in a second ecumenical event at the Malmö arena and meet with delegations of different Christian Churches.

The following morning, Tuesday November 1st, Pope Francis will preside at a Mass in Malmö for the Swedish Catholic community before travelling back to the international airport there for an official departure ceremony.
Salt + Light's Broadcast Schedule
Monday, October 31, 2016
09:30am ET / 06:30am PT — Common Ecumenical Prayer at the Lutheran Cathedral
11:30am ET / 08:30am PT — Ecumenical Event at Malmö Arena
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
09:00am ET / 06:00am PT — Holy Mass at Swedbank Stadium in Malmö ​
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