Vatican City, Mar 20, 2017 / 08:48 am
On Monday, the Vatican released the official program for Pope Francis' two-day visit to Portugal in May, where he'll celebrate the centenary of the Fatima Marian apparitions and make a brief stop at an air base to meet the country's president.
Francis will likely make a stop at his favorite Roman basilica, Saint Mary Major, sometime before leaving Rome at 2 p.m. May 12.
He'll land at the air base in Monte Real around 4:20 p.m. local time, where he'll be greeted by an official welcoming ceremony and meet with the president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, before making his way to Fatima.
After his meeting with the president, the Pope is scheduled to stop by the chapel of the air base for a moment of prayer before boarding a helicopter that will take him to the Fatima's multi-use stadium.