Pope leaves for Spain tomorrow

 Pope John Paul II begins his 99th apostolic trip outside of Italy in his almost twenty-five years as pope tomorrow. This will be his fifth visit to Spain, following those made in 1982, 1984, 1989 and 1993. The Pope departs tomorrow morning at 9.30 am from Rome's Fiumicino Airport and is scheduled to arrive at Barajas International Airport in Madrid at noon. John Paul II will be received by King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia. After a welcome ceremony in which he will give a speech, the Pope will proceed to the apostolic nunciature where he will reside during his trip. There, in mid-afternoon, he will receive Jose Maria Aznar, president of the government. After meeting Aznar, the Holy Father will go to the Cuatro Vientos Air Base on the outskirts of Madrid where he will participate in a get-together with thousands of young people. On Sunday morning, May 4, in the Plaza de Colon in the centre of the capital, John Paul II will canonize Blesseds Pedro Poveda Castroverde, Jose Mari Rubio y Peralta, Genoveva Torres Morales, Angela de la Cruz and Maria Maravillas de0 Jesus. In the afternoon, the Pope is scheduled to receive the King and Queen at the nunciature and from there he will go to the airport for a farewell ceremony. The papal plane will depart from Madrid at 6.45 pm and is scheduled to land in Rome at 8.15 pm Source: VIS

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