Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to the Italian city of Loreto, on Oct. 5 to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII’s trip to the local shrine.
Benedict XVI will depart from the Vatican by helicopter at 9:00 a.m., arriving at the John Paul II Centre at Montorso an hour later. At 10:20 a.m. he will visit the Holy House contained inside the shrine, where he will adore the Blessed Sacrament and pray to Our Lady of Loreto.
After, he will celebrate Mass and give a homily at Loreto’s Piazza della Madonna. Following lunch at the John Paul II Centre, the Pope will depart at 5:00 p.m. and arrive back at the Vatican.