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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

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Complete agenda of Pope's trip to Cuba and the United States


The Vatican has released the official agenda for Pope Francis' trip to the United States and Cuba. He will visit both countries from September 19th to 27th. 

Saturday, September 19

10:15 a.m. Departs from Fiumicino Airport in Rome.

4:00 p.m. Arrives at José Martí Airport in Havana.

4:05 p.m. Welcoming ceremony at José Martí Airport, and a speech from Pope Francis.

Sunday, September 20

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass at Revolution Square in Havana. Homily and Angelus prayer said by Pope Francis. 

4:00 p.m. Meeting with the President of the Cuba and the Council of Ministers at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana.

5:15 p.m. Celebration of the Vespers with priests, religious, and seminarians at the Cathedral of Havana. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

6:30 p.m. Meeting with young people at the Father Felix Varela Cultural Center in Havana. Speech given by Pope Francis. 

Monday, September 21

8:00 a.m. Departs from José Martí Airport in Havana.

9:20 a.m. Arrives at Frank País Airport in Holguin. 

10:30 a.m. Holy Mass at Revolution Square in Holguin. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

3:45 p.m. Blessing of the city from the Loma de la Cruz.

4:40 p.m. Departs from Frank País Airport in Holguin. 

5:30 p.m. Arrives at Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago. 

7:00 p.m. Meeting with bishops in St. Basil's Major Seminary.

7:45 p.m. Prayer to Our Lady of Charity with the bishops and the papal entourage in the minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Santiago.

Tuesday, September 22

8:00 a.m. Holy Mass in the minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of Cobre, Santiago. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

11:00 a.m. Meeting with families in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Asuncion in Santiago. Speech from Pope Francis and a blessing of the city.

12:15 p.m. Farewell ceremony at  Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago.

12:30 p.m. Departs from  Antonio Maceo Airport in Santiago.

16:00 p.m. Arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. And receives official welcome.

Wednesday, September 23

9:15 a.m. Welcoming ceremony at the White House South Lawn. Speech from Pope Francis followed by a courtesy visit to the President of the United States.

11:00 a.m. Pope meets with the bishops of the United States in St. Matthew's Cathedral and delivers a speech.

4:15 p.m. Holy Mass for the canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Pope says a Homily.

Thursday, September 24

9:20 a.m. Pope Francis visits and addresses the United States Congress

11:15 a.m. Visits the charity center of St. Patrick's parish, where the Pope meets a group of homeless people.

4:00 p.m. Departs from Washington, D.C.

5:00 p.m. Arrives at JFK Airport in New York City.

6.45 p.m. Pope celebrates Vespers with priests and men and women religious in St. Patrick's Cathedral. Homily said by Pope Francis.

Friday, September 25

8:30 a.m. Address by the Holy Father at the seat of the United Nations in New York

11:30 a.m. Pope participates in an interreligious meeting at the Ground Zero Memorial site and delivers a speech.

4:00 p.m. Pope Francis visits "Our Lady, Queen of Angels” school and meet with families of immigrants in Harlem. He delivers another speech.

6:00 p.m. Holy Mass in Madison Square Garden. Homily said by Pope Francis.

Saturday, September 26

8:40 a.m. Departs New York City.

9:30 a.m. Arrives at Philadelphia International Airport.

10:10 a.m. Holy Mass with the bishops, clergy and men and women religious in the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Homily said by Pope Francis. 

4:45 p.m. Meeting for religious freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants in the Independence Mall, Philadelphia. Speech from Pope Francis. 

7:30 p.m. Address to the World Meeting of Families at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

Sunday, September 27

9:15 a.m. Meeting with the bishops invited to the World Meeting of Families in the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Speech from Pope Francis.

11:00 a.m. Visit to the detainees in the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Philadelphia. Speech from Pope Francis.

4:00 p.m. Concluding Holy Mass of the Eighth World Meeting of Families at the Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Homily delivered by Pope Francis.

7:00 p.m. Meeting with organizing committee, the volunteers and benefactors at Philadelphia International Airport. 

7:45 p.m. Farewell ceremony. 

8:00 p.m. Departs from Philadelphia. 

Monday, September 28

10:00 a.m. Papal plane arrives in Rome Ciampino  Airport.