Holy See Press Office releases programme of “Pope’s” visit to Thailand and Japan

Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Thailand and Japan in November. It will be his 32md Apostolic Journey Abroad.

The Holy See Press Office on Wednesday published the programme of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to Thailand and Japan in November. He departs from Rome on 19 November; after 3 full days in Thailand he travels to Japan for the second leg of his visit. He is scheduled to return to the Vatican on 26 November.

This is the full programme:


Tuesday, 19 November 2019


19:00 Departure by plane from Rome Fiumicino Airport for Bangkok


Wednesday, 20 November 2019


12:30 Arrival at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok
Official welcome at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok


Thursday, 21 November 2019


Welcome Ceremony in the Government House courtyard
Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House
Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Hall of the Government House
Visit to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple
Meeting with the medical staff of St. Louis Hospital
Private visit to infirm and disabled people at St. Louis Hospital Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
Private visit to His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at Amphorn Royal Palace
Holy Mass in the National Stadium


Friday, 22 November 2019


Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in St Peter’s Parish
Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and FABC at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine
Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a hall close to the Shrine
Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
Meeting with the Leaders of the Christian denominations and Other Religions at Chulalongkorn University
Holy Mass with Young People in the Cathedral of the Assumption


Saturday, 23 November 2019


Farewell Ceremony at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok
9:30 Departure by plane for Tokyo
17:40 Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport
Welcome Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airporta
Meeting with the Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature


Sunday, 24 November 2019


7:00 Departure by plane for Nagasaki
9:20 Arrival at Nagasaki Airport
Message on nuclear weapons at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
Tribute to the Martyr Saints at the Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill
Lunch at the Bishop’s House
Holy Mass in the Baseball Stadium
16:35 Departure by plane for Hiroshima
17:45 Arrival at Hiroshima Airport
Meeting for peace at the Peace Memorial
20:25 Departure by plane for Tokyo
22:10 Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport


Monday, 25 November 2019


Meeting with the victims of Triple Disaster at “Bellesalle Hanzomon”
Private visit to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace
Meeting with Young People at the Cathedral of Holy Mary
Lunch with the Papal Delegation at the Nunciature
Holy Mass in the Tokyo Dome
Meeting with the Prime Minister at Kantei
Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps at Kantei


Tuesday, 26 November 2019


Private Holy Mass with the Members of the Society of Jesus in the Chapel of Kulturzentrum of Sophia University
Breakfast and private meeting with the Collegium Maximum at Sophia University
Visit to the elderly and infirm priests at Sophia University
Visit to Sophia University
Farewell Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airport
11:35 Departure by plane for Rome/Fiumicino
17:15 Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino Airport

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