In three weeks, Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to Colombia. With this trip, the Pope will cement a peace accord putting to rest a 50-year old, civil conflict that has killed over 220,000 thousand people since 1948. The Pope’s trip is jammed-packed with back-to-back events starting on September 6th when he first arrives in the country for the five day trip. Here is the schedule of his trip:
Wednesday 6 September 2017 ROME-BOGOTÁ
11:00 Departure by air from Rome Fiumicino airport for Bogotá
16:30 Arrival in the military area (CATAM) of Bogotá airport
Thursday 7 September 2017 BOGOTÁ
09:00 ENCOUNTER WITH THE AUTHORITIES in Plaza de Armas de la Casa de Nariño
09:30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Protocol Hall of the Casa de Nariño
10:20 VISIT TO THE CATHEDRAL
10:50 BLESSING OF THE FAITHFUL from the balcony of the Cardinal’s Palace
11:00 MEETING WITH BISHOPS in the Hall of the Cardinal’s Palace
15:00 MEETING WITH THE DIRECTIVE COMMITTEE OF CELAM in the Apostolic Nunciature
16:30 HOLY MASS in the Simon Bolivar Park
Friday 8 September 2017 BOGOTÁ-VILLAVICENCIO-BOGOTÁ
07:50 Departure from the military area (CATAM) of Bogotá airport for Villavicencio
08:30 Arrival at the Apiay air base in Villavicencio
09:30 HOLY MASS in the CATAMA area
15:40 GREAT PRAYER MEETING FOR NATIONAL RECONCILIATION in the Parque Las Malocas
17:20 PAUSE AT THE CROSS OF THE RECONCILIATION in the Parque de los Fundadores
18:00 Departure by air per Bogotá
18:45 Arrival in the military area (CATAM) of Bogotá airport.
Saturday 9 September 2017 BOGOTÁ-MEDELLIN-BOGOTÁ
08:20 Departure by air from the military area (CATAM) of Bogotá airport for Rionegro
09:10 Arrival at the Rionegro air base.
09:15 Helicopter transfer to Medellin airport
10:15 HOLY MASS at the Enrique Olaya Herrera airport of Medellin
15:00 MEETING IN THE HOGAR SAN JOSE’
16:00 ENCOUNTER with PRIESTS, MEN AND WOMEN RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS and their FAMILIES in the La Macarena indoor stadium
Helicopter transfer to the Rionegro air base
17:30 Departure by air for Bogotá
18:25 Arrival in the military area (CATAM) of Bogotá airport
Sunday 10 September 2017 BOGOTÁ-CARTAGENA-ROME
08:30 Departure by air for Cartagena
10:00 Arrival at Cartagena airport
10:30 BLESSING of the FIRST STONE of the HOUSES for the HOMELESS and the work of TALITHA QUM in St. Francis of Assisi Square
12:00 ANGELUS in front of the Church of St. Peter Claver
12:15 VISIT TO THE SHRINE HOUSE OF ST. PETER CLAVER
15:45 Helicopter transfer from the naval base to the port area of Contecar
16:30 HOLY MASS in the port area of Contecar
18:30 Helicopter transfer to Cartagena airport
18:45 FAREWELL CEREMONY
19:00 Departure by air for Rome Ciampino airport
We will broadcast some of the events of this apostolic visit, so be sure to check our website for the broadcast details and times.
In Belgium, the Pope’s anti-Euthanasia ultimatum targeting the Brothers of Charity’s medical clinics, is under fire.
Herman van Rompuy, former Prime Minister of Belgium and former first President of the European Council, has struck out at the Pope over the euthanasia ultimatum and has implied that the he should stay out of the Brothers of Charity controversy, and should have no say over whether the Catholic Belgian religious order permits euthanasia in their hospitals.
Mr Van Rompuy lashed out on Twitter, saying” “The time of ‘Roma locuta causa finita’ is long past”. This, after it was revealed that he himself, is on the board of trustees for the Brothers of Charity Group. The Latin phrase that he used translates as “Rome has spoken, the matter is finished”, and is a phrase St Augustine used referring to the ultimate authority of the Pope. The Group’s trustees agreed to allow euthanasia in their 15 medical centres across Belgium, despite the order’s superior general, Br Rene Stockman’s resistance.
Earlier this month, the Pope ordered the Brothers of Charity to reverse their decision and insisted that those brothers who serve on the board, sign a declaration condemning euthanasia, or face sanctions under Canon law. The Pope's order has given them until the end of August to comply, or face legal action and even expulsion from the Church, if they refuse.
Following the tragic mudslide in Sierra Leone on Monday, the Pope expressed his closeness to those who lost loved ones in this horrible event.
More than 200 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members. The Red Cross is reporting that at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel are still at the scene searching for people trapped in the debris and mud.
A telegram sent by the Ppoe said that he is praying for all those who have died and that he invokes “divine blessings of strength and consolation” on their grieving family and friends.
Finally, every three years, the Church brings together the largest international gathering of families in the world. This gathering is just 12 months away and will take place in Dublin Ireland in 2018. The organizers of the World Meeting of Families released their official theme song, and I leave you tonight with a preview of this hauntingly beautiful song called: A Joy For All The Earth.
That's all that we have time for today. Join us again tomorrow, when we bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic lens.
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