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Highlights of the 2006 Pilgrimage of Pope Benedict XVI to Krakow And the Malopolska Region, May 26-28 

On Friday, May 26 Pope Benedict XVI is expected to arrive to Krakow by helicopter at 8 p.m. At 8:30 the Holy Father to be driven to Krakow's Archbishop Palace at 3 Franciszkanska street, his residence in the city.   

Saturday, May 27 - the Third Day of Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Poland.  

Pilgrimage to Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II

Highlights 
* Visitation of Wadowice’s Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. 
* Visit to Pope John Paul II’ family home. 
* Meeting with the citizens of Wadowice.
 

Pilgrimage to the Calvary shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Pilgrimage to Krakow’s Lagiewniki Shrine of Divine Mercy

Highlights 
* Meeting with the sick in the convent’s chapel. 

Visit to Krakow’s Wawel Cathedral

Meeting with the young on the Krakow Blonia common

Details 

7:30 a.m. - Private Holy Mass in Krakow's Archbishop Palace's chapel.

9:30 a.m. - Pope Benedict XVI leaves the palace for Wadowice in a car. 

10:30 a.m. - Arrival to Wadowice and the visitation of the city’s basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady followed by a visit to Pope John Paul II’ family home and a meeting at the town's central square with the Wadowice citizens (the Holy Father's oration).

11:30 a.m. - Departure for Kalwaria Zebrzydowska in a car.

noon - Visitation of the Calvary sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.  

a quarter past noon - Departure for Krakow in a car.

1:00 p.m. - Arrival to Krakow's Lagiewniki Sanctuary of Divine Mercy

1:45 p.m. - Pope Benedict XVI arrives by car to Krakow's Archbishop Palace.

5:45 p.m. - Holy Father leaves the palace for the Wawel Cathedral in 'papamobile'.

6:00 p.m. - Visitation of the Wawel Cathedral. 

6:30 p.m. - Holy Father leaves the Wawel Cathedral for the Krakow Blonia common in 'papamobile'. 

6:45 p.m. - Arrival to Krakow's Blonia common followed by the meeting with young people.

8:15 p.m. - Holy Father leaves the Blonia common for Krakow's Archbishop Palace in a car.

8:30 p.m. - Arrival to the Archbishop Palace.

Sunday, May 28 - the Fourth Day of the Holy Father's Visit to Poland. 

Open-air High Mass on the Krakow Blonia common

Visit to Oswiecim, the site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex of Nazi concentration camps.

Highlights 
* Visit to the KL Auschwitz museum. 
* Visit to the Center for Dialogue and Prayer in Oswiecim. 
* Prayer at the site of the KL Birkenau camp.

Farewell Ceremony at Krakow’s John Paul II International Airport in Balice followed by the departure of the Holy Father for Rome. 

Details 

9:00 a.m. - Holy Father leaves the Archbishop Palace for the Krakow Blonia common in 'papamobile'. 

9:30 a.m. - Arrival to the Blonia common.

9:45 a.m. to noon - High Mass on the Krakow Blonia common with the Holy Father's homily, the Regina Caeli prayer, and a papal oration.

a quarter past noon - departure from the Blonia common in a car. 

half past noon - arrival to Krakow's Archbishop Palace. 

3:45 p.m. - Farewell in the Archbishop Palace.

4:00  p.m. - Pope Benedict XVI leaves Krakow's Archbishop Palace for Oswiecim's Auschwitz site in a car. 

5:00 p.m. - Arrival to the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Oswiecim.

Between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - Seeing the Auschwitz site and a visit to the Center of Dialog and Prayer. 

5:30 p.m. - Prayer to commemorate the victims of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp and the oration of Pope Benedict XVI at the Birkenau site. 

6:30 p.m. - Leaving Oswiecim's Birkenau site for Krakow's Balice international airport in a car. 

7:15 p.m. - Arrival to Krakow's airport in Balice followed by the farewell ceremony with the Holy Father's oration. 

8:00 p.m. - Departure of the Pope's airplane for Rome's Ciampino airport.

Other Highlights of Pope Benedict XVI’s Official Visit to Poland, May 25-28

Thursday, May 25 - the First Day of the Holy Father's Visit. 

11:00 a.m. Arrival of the Holy Father by plane at Warsaw’s Okecie airport.

Meeting with Polish clergy in Warsaw’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. 

Visit to Warsaw’s residence of the Primate of Poland. 

Meeting with Mr. Lech Kaczynski, president of the Republic of Poland, in the Presidential Palace in Warsaw.

Ecumenical meeting in the church of the Holy Trinity

Details 

11:00 a.m. - Landing of the Pope's airplane at Warsaw's Okecie international airport followed by the welcoming ceremony with the oration of Benedict XVI. 

11:45 p.m. - Departure for Warsaw's cathedral of St. John the Baptist in a 'papamobile'. 

half past noon - meeting with Polish clergy in Warsaw’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Pope Benedict XVI's oration. 

1:30 p.m. - Leaving cathedral of St. John the Baptist for Warsaw's Archbishop Palace in a 'papamobile' 

1:45 p.m. - Arrival to the Archbishop Palace at Miodowa street, the residence of the Primate of Poland.

2:45 p.m. - Leaving the Archbishop Palace for Warsaw's residence of the papal nuncio in a car. 

5:30 p.m. - Leaving the residence of the papal nuncio for the Presidential Palace in a car. 

5:45 p.m. - Pope Benedict XVI meets Mr. Lech Kaczynski, Poland's president, in the Presidential Palace. 

6:45 p.m. - Departure for Warsaw's Lutheran church of the Holy Trinity in a car. 

7:00 p.m. - Ecumenical meeting Warsaw's Lutheran church of the Holy Trinity with the papal oration.

7:45 p.m. - Benedict XVI leaves the Lutheran church of the Holy Trinity for Warsaw's residence of the papal nuncio in a car. 

8:00 p.m. - Arrival to the residence of the papal nuncio in Warsaw.  

Friday, May 26 - the Second Day of Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Poland. 

High Mass on the Plac Pilsudskiego square in Warsaw.

Pilgrimage to the Jasna Gora shrine in Czestochowa

Highlights 
* Prayer in the Chapel of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna). 
* Meeting with monks, nuns, seminary students, and representatives of the Polish Catholic associations and movements of consecrated life. 
* May Mass in the Jasna Gora shrine’s church.
 

Details 

8:45 a.m. - Holy Father leaves the residence of the papal nuncio for Warsaw's Plac Pilsudskiego square in a 'papamobile'. 

9:15 a.m. - Arrival to Warsaw's Plac Pilsudskiego square. 

9:30 a.m. to noon - High Mass on the Plac Pilsudskiego square in Warsaw with the Holy Father's homily.

noon - Benedict XVI leaves the the Plac Pilsudskiego square for Warsaw's residence of the papal nuncio in a car.  

a quarter past noon - Arrival to the residence of the papal nuncio in Warsaw. 

3:15 p.m. - Farewell in Warsaw's residence of the papal nuncio.  

3:30 p.m. - Pope Benedict XVI leaves the residence of the papal nuncio for Warsaw's Okecie airport in a car. 

3:45 p.m. - Arrival at the Okecie airport in Warsaw.

4:00 p.m. - Holy Father leaves Warsaw for Czestochowa in a helicopter.

5:15 p.m. - Papal helicopter arrives to Czestochowa. 

5:30 p.m. - Pope Benedict XVI arrives to Czestochowa's Jasna Gora monastery in a car.

Between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. - Visit to Czestochowa's Jasna Gora sanctuary, the meeting with monks, nuns, seminary students, and representatives of the Polish Catholic associations and movements of consecrated life where the Holy Father is expected to deliver a speech. 

7:00 p.m. - Pope leaves the Jasna Gora sanctuary in a car.

19.15 - Holy Father leaves Czestochowa for Krakow in a helicopter.  


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