Saturday, March 10, 2012

Additional flights for pilgrimage to Cuba

 Friday, March 09, 2012
Communications Department 
- Archdiocese of Miami


The Archdiocese of Miami announces additional flights to Cuba for the pilgrimage marking Pope Benedict XVI's historic visit, March 26-29. Additional flights are now available departing from Fort Lauderdale on March 24, and from Miami on March 25 and 27.

The first flights with Archbishop Thomas Wenski depart from Miami bound for Santiago on March 26, with more than 300 passengers. For information on the additional flights to Cuba, please contact Airline Brokers at 305-728-6302.

The Holy Father's visit comes as Catholic Cubans on the island and in exile celebrate the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the image of the Virgin of Charity, patroness of Cuba. Pope Benedict will be the second pontiff to visit Cuba after the historic visit by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1998.

Pope Benedict XVIs itinerary in Cuba includes:

Monday, March 26
2 p.m. - Arrival ceremony at Santiago de Cuba's Antonio Maceo International Airport. Speech by pope.
5:30 p.m. - Outdoor Mass celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square. Homily by pope.

Tuesday, March 27
9:30 a.m. - Visit to the shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.
10:30 a.m. - Departure from Santiago de Cuba's Antonio Maceo International Airport for Havana.
12 p.m. - Arrival at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport.
7:15 p.m. - Meeting and dinner with Cuban bishops and the papal entourage at the apostolic nunciature.

Wednesday, March 28
9 a.m. - Mass in Havana's Revolution Square. Homily by pope.
4:30 p.m. - Farewell ceremony at Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. Speech by pope.
5 p.m. - Departure for Rome.

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