Here is the detailed itinerary for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit next month to Holy Land sites in Israel, as released this week by the Israel Government Press Office.

The Pope also will visit Jordan during his May 8-15 Holy Land trip.


Monday, May 11

11:00 Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, Official Welcoming Ceremony

12:05 Arrival at Mount Scopus helipad, Jerusalem. Welcoming Ceremony by Jerusalem Mayor, Nir Barkat.

16:05 Visit to the President’s Residence

17:30 Visit to Yad Vashem, Memorial ceremony at the Remembrance Hall; Wreath laying; Address by the Pope. 

19:00 Interfaith Meeting, Notre Dame Hotel


Tuesday, May 12

09:15 Meeting with the Mufti, Temple Mount

10:00 Visit to the Western Wall

10:35 Meeting with the Chief Rabbis, Heichal Shlomo

12:00 Visit to the Church of Dormition — site of the Last Supper

12:30 Visit and Prayer at Latin Patriarch

16:15 Mass at the Garden of Gethsemane


Wednesday, May 13

08:00-19:00 Visit to Bethlehem


Thursday, May 14

09:15 Arrival in Nazareth, Welcoming Ceremony and the Ceremony of Bread and Salt
Reception by Mayor of Nazareth.

10:00 Mass at Mount of the Precipice

15:50 Meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Church of the Annunciation

16:30 Meeting with the Faith Heads in Israel, Church of the Annunciation

17:30 Prayer at the Church of the Annunciation

19:00 Return to Jerusalem


Friday, May 15

09:15 Meeting at the Greek-Orthodox Patriarch

10:00 Visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

13:30 Leaving Ceremony, Ben Gurion Airport.