Pope’s upcoming itinerary in Budapest and Slovakia is released

The itinerary for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Budapest and Slovakia is released. His journey will take place from the 12-15 September 2021.

Vatican News

 Sunday 12thPope Francis will depart from Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport arriving at Budapest International Airport at 7.45 am. Following an official welcome, the Pope will meet with the country’s bishops and meet with representatives of the Ecumenical Council of Churches and Jewish communities. In the afternoon the Pope will preside over Holy Mass for the closing of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress before departing for Bratislava, Slovakia.Monday 13thHighlights of the Pope’s first full day in Slovakia will include a courtesy visit to the President of the Republic, as well as meetings with political leaders and an encounter with Bishops, Priests and Religious.Tuesday 14thOn Tuesday morning, Pope Francis will depart for Košice where he will preside over the Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Later in the day, he will meet with the Roma community and with young people before flying back to Bratislava.Wedneday 15thOn the final day of his visit to Slovakia, Pope Francis will preside over Holy Mass at the National Shrine in Šaštin. Following a farewell ceremony, the Pope will depart for Rome at 15.30 in the afternoon.The logoThe logo picks up on the theme of the visitation: at the bottom is a road, symbolising the way to the cross, inside a heart, a reminder of St Joseph’s love for Jesus and of Our Lady, patron saint of Slovakia. The seven stars are a reference to the “Seven Sorrows” of the name given to the Virgin Mary. The elements of the logo bear the colours white, blue and red of the Slovak flag and white and yellow of the Vatican flag.Please find the full itinerary below:ROME – BUDAPEST – BRATISLAVA
06:00Departure by airplane from Rome/Fiumicino International Airport for Budapest 
07:45Arrival at Budapest International Airport 
07:45OFFICIAL WELCOME at Budapest International Airport 
08:45MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND THE PRIME MINISTER at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest 
09:15MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest 
10:00MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND SOME JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN HUNGARY at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest 
11:30HOLY MASS at Heroes’ Square in Budapest 
14:30FAREWELL CEREMONY at Budapest International Airport 
14:40Departure by airplane for Bratislava 
15:30Arrival at Bratislava International Airport 
15:30OFFICIAL WELCOME at Bratislava International Airport 
16:30ECUMENICAL MEETING at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava 
17:30PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava 
  
Monday 13 September 2021BRATISLAVA
09:15WELCOME CEREMONY at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava 
09:30COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the “Golden Hall” of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava 
10:00MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava 
10:45MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS, CATECHISTS at the Cathedral of Saint Martin in Bratislava 
16:00PRIVATE VISIT TO THE “BETHLEHEM CENTER” in Bratislava 
16:45MEETING WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY at Rybné námestie Square in Bratislava 
18:00VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENT at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava 
18:15VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava 
  
Tuesday 14 September 2021BRATISLAVA – KOŠICE – PREŠOV – KOŠICE – BRATISLAVA
08:10Departure by airplane for Košice 
09:00Arrival at Košice Airport 
10:30BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM PRESIDED BY THE HOLY FATHER in the square of the Mestská športová hala in Prešov 
16:00MEETING WITH THE ROMA COMMUNITY atLuník IX district in Košice 
17:00MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice 
18:30Departure by airplane for Bratislava 
19:30Arrival at Bratislava International Airport 
   
Wednesday 15 September 2021BRATISLAVA – ŠAŠTIN – BRATISLAVA – ROME
10:00HOLY MASS at the National Shrine in Šaštin 
13:30FAREWELL CEREMONY at Bratislava International Airport 
13:45Departure by airplane for Rome 
15:30Arrival at Rome/Ciampino International Airport