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Pope's schedule for World Meeting of Families in Milan

2012-05-29

There will also be a conference aimed at children, of which there are around 900 registered.

CARDINAL ANGELO SCOLA
Archbishop of Milan

"There is great expectation on the part of Christians and all of society. There is a great collaboration and I think the pope's presence for three days will be a great joy.”

The Pope will arrive in Milan on the afternoon of June 1. The first meeting with families will be that day in the Plaza of the Duomo. He will then attend a concert at the Theatre of La Scala, where he will listen to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

On Saturday June 2, at 10 am, the pope will meet with priests and religious. An hour later, at 11, he head to the San Siro Stadium with young people who will receive Confirmation.

That afternoon will be the first massive event for the World Meeting of Families. Around 500,000 people from 145 countries are expected to attend the Feast of the Testimonies at the Milan airport. Most are from Italy, but many others are coming from Spain, Croatia and Argentina.

At 8:30 PM the Pope will join them. For an hour he will pray with them, hear their stories and answer questions from families from different parts of the world.

There will also be a 30-member pop orchestra and a large choir composed of 75 young people.

Some of the families that attend the meeting Saturday night with the Pope will also sleep at the airport. To help organize, 5,000 volunteers have signed up from 184 countries. Many of them come from the Philippines, which held the World Meeting of Families in 2003.

On Sunday June 3, the pope will then close the meeting with a Mass at 10 AM in the same place. The organizers expect about one million people to attend.

After Mass, the pope will announce who will host the next World Meeting. He will then have lunch with some families in the residence of the cardinal of Milan. That afternoon, he will leave the city to return to Rome. It will be his last big trip away from the Eternal City before his summer vacation.


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