Tuesday, November 24, 2015

We're following #PopeinKenya & #PopeinAfrica!


Tomorrow, Pope Francis kicks off his epic #PopeinAfrica trip, and we're thinking the power of his trip will be all the more influential given the current situation around the world.

We've got the whole trip covered, and that coverage starts right now!

Despite rising tensions around the world, and especially in Africa, Pope Francis is moving ahead with his trip as planned.

That sends a pretty strong message to the world, and our prayers for Pope Francis during this trip are going to be paramount in ensuring his safety.

Here is the schedule for #PopeinAfrica, as it currently stands:


Wednesday, Nov. 25 (Rome, Nairobi)
7:45 a.m. (1:45 a.m.) Departure from Rome's Fiumicino airport.
5 p.m. (9 a.m.) Arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, followed by a welcoming ceremony at Kenya's State House.
6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Courtesy visit with Kenya's president at the State House.
6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m.) Meeting with Kenyan government officials and members of the diplomatic corps at the State House. Speech by pope.
Thursday, Nov. 26 (Nairobi)
8:15 a.m. (12:15 a.m.) Meeting with interreligious and ecumenical representatives at the apostolic nunciature in Nairobi. Speech by pope.
10 a.m. (2 a.m.) Mass on the campus of the University of Nairobi. Homily by pope.
3:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m.) Meeting with priests, religious and seminarians on the sports field of St Mary's School. Speech by pope.
5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Visit to the United Nations Office in Nairobi. Speech by pope.
Friday, Nov. 27 (Nairobi; Entebbe, Uganda)
8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m.) Visit to the Kangemi neighborhood in Nairobi. Speech by pope.
10 a.m. (2 a.m.) Meeting with youths at Kasarani Stadium. Speech by pope.
11:15 a.m. (3:15 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of Kenya in the stadium's VIP room.
3:10 p.m. (7:10 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
3:30 p.m. (7:30 a.m.) Departure from Nairobi for Entebbe, Uganda.
4:50 p.m. (8:50 a.m.) Arrival at Entebbe International Airport.
5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m.) Courtesy visit with the president of Uganda in the State House in Entebbe.
6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with Ugandan authorities and members of the diplomatic corps in the conference room of the State House. Speech by pope.
7:15 p.m. (11:15 a.m.) Visit to Munyonyo and meeting with catechists and teachers. Greeting by pope.
Saturday, Nov. 28 (Namugongo, Kampala)
8:30 a.m. (12:30 a.m.) Visit to the Anglican martyrs' shrine at Namugongo.
9:00 a.m. (1 a.m.) Visit to the Catholic martyrs' shrine at Namugongo.
9:30 a.m. (1:30 a.m.) Mass for the martyrs of Uganda near the Catholic shrine. Homily by pope.
3:15 p.m. (7:15 a.m.) Meeting with young people at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala. Speech by pope.
5 p.m. (9 a.m.) Visit to the Nalukolongo House of Charity. Greeting by pope.
6 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of Uganda in the archbishop's residence.
7 p.m. (11 a.m.) Meeting with priests, religious and seminarians in Kampala's cathedral. Speech by pope.
Sunday, Nov. 29 (Entebbe; Bangui, Central African Republic)
9 a.m. (1 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at Entebbe airport.
9:15 a.m. (1:15 a.m.) Departure for Bangui.
10 a.m. (4 a.m.) Arrival at M'Poko International Airport in Bangui. Welcoming ceremony.
11 a.m. (5 a.m.) Courtesy visit with the country's transitional president in the presidential palace.
11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m.) Meeting with leaders and with the diplomatic corps. Speech by pope.
12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.) Visit to a refugee camp.
1 p.m. (7 a.m.) Meeting with the bishops of the Central African Republic.
4 p.m. (10 a.m.) Meeting with evangelical communities at the evangelical theological school in Bangui. Speech by pope.
5 p.m. (11 a.m.) Mass with priests, religious, catechists and youths in the Bangui cathedral. Homily by pope.
7 p.m. (1 p.m.) Hearing the confessions of some young people and beginning a prayer vigil outside the cathedral. Speech by pope.
Monday, Nov. 30
8:15 a.m. (2:15 a.m.) Meeting with the Muslim community at the Koudoukou mosque in Bangui. Speech by pope.
9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m.) Mass in the Barthelemy Boganda Stadium. Homily by pope.
12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m.) Farewell ceremony at M'Poko International Airport.
12:30 p.m. (6:30 a.m.) Departure for Rome.
6:45 p.m. (12:45 p.m.) Arrival at Rome's Ciampino airport.

For all the details you're looking for, keep checking back here on the ol' weblog and over at our Twitter feed (@theghissilent).

We'll be sure to bring you all the #PopeinAfrica news from the perspective you have come to expect from The Catholic Hipster!

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