Archbishop Agustin Garcia of Valencia, Spain, has confirmed the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to that country in July of 2006 for “at least two days” in order to attend the V World Meeting of Families.
After the celebration of the Mass on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the archbishop said, “Although it will be some time before it is officially made public, I now can confirm this great joy.”
According to the schedule for the meeting of families, the Holy Father will preside at a festive gathering in the afternoon on July 8. That evening he will attend a prayer vigil during which several families will share their testimonies.
On Sunday, July 9, the Pope will preside at the closing Mass. More than one million are expected to attend the liturgy.