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Pope's Full Schedule for his upcoming trip to the Greek Island of Lesbos

2016-04-14

At 7:00 am, the papal plane takes off from Rome Fiumicino Airport. 

At 10:20 am, the papal plane arrives at Mytilene International Airport on the island of Lesbos.

WELCOME CEREMONY

At the foot of the papal plane ladder, the Pope will be received by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. Also, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos.

The Capuchin Fragkiskos Papamanolis and President of the Greek Episcopal Conference will also be in attendance.

At 10:35 am, a meeting with the Prime Minister will be held at the airport.

At 10:55 am, The Pope goes on a minibus with Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Ieronymos to the Moria refugee camp (10 miles).

At 11:15 am, he will arrive at the Moria refugee camp (which hosts some 2,500 asylum seekers).

VISIT TO REFUGEES

Between the barriers, he will be greeted by about 150 minors residing in the center.

They will cross an area dedicated to the registration of people, and come to a tent where he will personally greet and about 250 asylum seekers.

At 12:25 pm, there will be speeches by Archbishop Ieronymos in Greek, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in English, and Pope Francis in Italian.

At 12.40 pm, they sign a joint statement.

At 12:45 pm, the three leaders, along with 8 refugees from Moira will have lunch

At 1:30 pm, Transfer to the Port (5 miles)

At 1:45 pm, Arrival of the Pope

MEETING WITH POPULATION AND WITH THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY. IN MEMORY OF VICTIMS OF MIGRATION.

Pope's speech. Prime Minister Alexis Tsiparas will be present.

Then, the three religious leaders will recite a short prayer, have a moment of silence and throw three wreaths into the sea.

At 2:15 pm, transfer by minibus to the airport (2 miles).

At 2:30 pm,  At the airport:

Private meeting with the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece.

Private meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch.

Meeting with the Prime Minister.

At 3:00 pm, Farewell ceremony.

At 3:15 pm, Departure from the plane to Rome.

At 3:30 pm, Arrival to Rome-Ciampino Airport.

Local times
Rome (GMT+1)
Lesbos (GMT+2)