By UCA News
Pope Francis in his video message to Myanmar says he is visiting the country to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to foster reconciliation, forgiveness and peace.
The pope said he wishes to tell the Catholic community to witness to the world by opening their hearts to others, especially the poor and those in need.
“At the same time, I wish to visit the nation in a spirit of respect and encouragement for every effort to build harmony and cooperation in the service of the common good,” Pope Francis said.
Pope Francis will arrive in Yangon on Nov. 27 where he will also meet with the president, state counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats and civil society groups.
He will lead a public Mass in Yangon on Nov. 29 where over 150,000 Catholics and people from other religions are expected to join.
The pope will also meet with Buddhist monks, local bishops and celebrate Mass together with Catholic youths before leaving for Bangladesh on Nov. 30.
Here is the detailed schedule released by the Vatican. Times are local:
Sunday, Nov. 26 (Rome)
— 9:40 p.m. Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport.
Monday, Nov. 27 (Yangon)
— 1:30 p.m. Arrival at Yangon International Airport.
Tuesday, Nov. 28 (Yangon, Naypyitaw, Yangon)
— 2 p.m. Departure by plane for Naypyitaw.
— 3:10 p.m. Arrival at Naypyitaw airport.
— 3:50 p.m. Welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace.
— 4 p.m. Courtesy visit to Htin Kyaw, president of the republic, at the presidential palace.
— 4:30 p.m. Meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor and foreign minister, the country’s de-facto leader.
— 5:15 p.m. Meeting with government authorities, members of civil society and the diplomatic corps in the city’s international convention center. Speech by pope.
— 6:20 p.m. Departure by plane for Yangon.
— 7:25 p.m. Arrival at Yangon airport, transfer to archbishop’s residence.
Wednesday, Nov. 29 (Yangon)
— 9:30 a.m. Mass at Kyaikkasan sports ground. Homily by pope.
— 4:15 p.m. Meeting with the Sangha supreme council of Buddhist monks at the Kaba Aye pagoda. Speech by pope.
— 5:15 p.m. Meeting with the bishops of Myanmar at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Speech by pope.