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Program

Apostolic Journey to Austria on the occasion of the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Mariazell (September 7-9, 2007). 7th Apostolic Journey outside Italy.


Friday, 7 September

  • 9.30 Departure by plane from the airport Rome/Ciampino to Vienna/Schwechat.
  • 11.15 Arrival at the International Airport of Vienna/Schwechat. Welcome ceremony at the International Airport of Vienna/Schwechat. Address of the Holy Father.
  • 12.00 Transfer by car from the international airport of Vienna/Schwechat to Am Hof square in Vienna.
  • 12.45 Arrival at Am Hof square in Vienna. Prayer before the Mariensäule (bronze column dedicated to the Virgin Mary) Greeting of the Holy Father.
  • 13.30 Transfer by "popemobile" to Judenplatz.
  • 13.35 Brief pause at the monument dedicated to Austrian victims of the Holocaust at Judenplatz.
  • 13.40 Transfer by "popemobile" from Judenplatz to the Apostolic Nunciature of Vienna.
  • 13.50 Arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature.
  • 17.15 Transfer by car from the Apostolic Nunciature to Hofburg Palace.
  • 17.30 Arrival at Hofburg Palace.
    Courtesy visit to the President of the Republic
    Meeting with the public authorities and the Diplomatic Corps Address of the Holy Father.
  • 18.45 Transfer by car from Hofburg Palace to the Apostolic Nunciature
  • 19.00 Arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature

Saturday, 8 September

  • 8.00 Drive from the Apostolic Nunciature to Heldenplatz.
  • 8.15 Departure by helicopter from Heldenplatz to Mariazell.
  • 9.15 Arrival at the heliport of Mariazell.
  • 9.25 Travel from the heliport to the Shrine of Mariazell by heliport.
  • 9.45 Arrival at the Shrine of Mariazell.
  • 10.30 Holy Mass in celebration of the 850th anniversary of the foundation of the Shrine of Mariazell in the square in front of the Basilica of Mariazell.  Homily by the Holy Father.
  • 12.30 Return to the Sacristy.
  • 13.30 Luncheon with the Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Austria and with the Cardinals and Bishops of the Papal Entourage in the papal residence of Mariazell.
  • 16.40 The Pope will walk from the papal residence to the Basilica of Mariazell.
  • 16.45 Celebration of Marian Vespers with priests, religious, deacons and seminarians at the Basilica of Mariazell Address of the Holy Father.
  • 18.00 Travel by “popemobile” from the Basilica to the heliport of Mariazell.
  • 18.20 Arrival at the heliport of Mariazell.
  • 18.30 Departure by helicopter from the heliport of Mariazell to Vienna.
  • 19.30 Arrival at the heliport in Heldenplatz and drive to the Apostolic Nunciature.
  • 19.50 Arrival at the Apostolic Nunciature.

Sunday, 9 September

  • 9.15 Drive from the Apostolic Nunciature to the Archbishopric of Vienna.
  • 9.30 Arrival at the Archbishopric.
  • 9.45 Procession from the Archbishopric to St. Stephen's Cathedral.
  • 10.00 Holy Mass in St. Stephen’s Cathedral.  Homily by the Holy Father.
  • 12.00 Recitation of the Angelus in the Square in front of St. Stephen’s Cathedral.  Greeting by the Holy Father.
  • 12.15 The Pope will walk from St. Stephen's Cathedral to the Archbishopric.
  • 14.00 Drive from the Archbishopric to the Apostolic Nunciature.
  • 16.00 Travel by car from the Apostolic Nunciature to Heiligenkreuz Abbey.
  • Heiligenkreuz

  • 16.30 Visit to Heiligenkreuz Abby.  Address by the Holy Father.
  • 17.00 Drive from Heiligenkreuz Abbey to the Wiener Konzerthaus.
  • Vienna

  • 17.30 Arrival at the Wiener Konzerthaus.
    Meeting with the representatives of volunteer organizations at the Wiener Konzerthaus Address of the Holy Father.
  • 18.45 Travel from the Weiner Konzerthaus to Vienna International Airport.
  • Schwechat (Vienna)

  • 19.15 Arrival at Vienna International Airport.  Farewell ceremony at the airport and greeting by the Holy Father.
  • 19.45 Departure by plane from Vienna International Airport
  • ITALY

  • Ciampino (Rome)
    21.30 Arrival at Rome/Ciampino.

*Rome and Austria: + 2 UTC

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