Vatican City, 2 July 2013 (VIS) – The programme of Pope Francis' trip to Lampedusa on Monday 8 July was announced today.
The Holy Father will depart from Rome's Ciampino military airport at 8.00 a.m., landing at Lampedusa airport at 9.15 a.m., where he will be welcomed by Archbishop Francesco Montenegro of Agrigento and Giuseppina Nicolini, mayor of Lampedusa. The Holy Father will then go on by car to Cala Pisana, where he will board a boat in order to reach Lampedusa by sea. He will be accompanied by fishermen in their boats, and will commit a wreath to the sea in memory of those who lost their lives in the shipwreck. He will arrive at the port of Punta Favarolo at 9.30 a.m., where he will greet the groups of immigrants awaiting him at the dock.
He will then go on to the “Arena” sports camp in the Salina quarter, where he will celebrate Mass at 10.00 a.m. At 11.30 a.m., following the celebration of the Eucharist, the Pope will continue by car to the parish of San Gerlando, where he will make a brief stop. He will leave the parish at 12.30 p.m. and will be transported to Lampedusa airport by car. At 12.45 p.m. the papal aeroplane will depart from Rome, where it is expected to land at Ciampino airport at 1.45 p.m. The Holy Father will return immediately to Vatican City.