- See more at: http://blogtimenow.com/blogging/automatically-redirect-blogger-blog-another-blog-website/#sthash.s1ipfCM1.dpuf CatholicTV: Pope’s June 21st Visit of Padre Pio Will Air on CatholicTV

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Pope’s June 21st Visit of Padre Pio Will Air on CatholicTV

On Sunday, June 21st Pope Benedict XVI will visit Padre Pio’s tomb at San Giovanni Rotundo, Italy. His visit will include adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, a visit of Padre Pio’s tomb, Mass, and finally a meeting with employees of the hospital which Padre Pio established.

Television coverage of this papal visit will be broadcast online at CatholicTV.com and also on CatholicTV where available.

The Pope’s schedule for Sunday, June 21st will be as follows (local time, Rome, Italy):

The Pope will arrive on Sunday by helicopter at 9:15AM, and take the Popemobile through the city until arriving at Our Lady of Grace Sanctuary.There, representatives of the community of Capuchin Friars Minor will welcome him, and he will have a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Holy Father will also visit the first cell of the monastery, where Padre Pio died in 1968. Then, the Pontiff will go to the crypt to pray before the tomb of the saint. There he will be accompanied only by Capuchins. He will light two candles before the tomb, symbolizing his apostolic visit and that of Pope John Paul II.Benedict XVI will vest for Mass in the sacristy there and be transferred by Popemobile to the Plaza of the Church of San Pio de Pietrelcina, where he will preside over a 10:15AM Eucharistic celebration. After Mass, he will pray the midday Angelus in the same place.At 4:45PM, the Holy Father will meet with directors, employees and patients of the hospital established by Padre Pio, the Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza the "Home to Relieve Suffering." Afterward, the Pope will return to the Church of San Pio de Pietrelcina, where he will meet with priests, religious and youth. The Pontiff will return to Rome by helicopter, arriving at the Vatican at 7:30.

The Pope’s visit will broadcast on CatholicTV on Sunday, June 21st at 8PM (Eastern). This visit will rebroadcast on Monday, June 22nd at noon.

To begin the Year of the Priest on Friday, June 19th, CatholicTV.com and CatholicTV will also air Vespers from St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Benedict has announced the Church will celebrate a special year for priests to begin on June 19th, the 150th anniversary of the death of the Cure d'Ars, St Jean Vianney. The Pope will inaugurate the year on June 19th by presiding at Vespers in St Peter's Basilica, where the relics of the 'Cure of Ars' will be brought for the occasion by Bishop Guy Bagnard of Belley-Ars, France.

Vespers will air at CatholicTV.com and on CatholicTV on Friday, June 19th at 8:30PM (Eastern) and will rebroadcast at noon on Saturday, June 20th. Throughout the year CatholicTV will offer special presentations to honor the Year of the Priest.

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