MONDAY, 23 MARCH 1998
SATURDAY, 21 MARCH 1998
SUNDAY, 22 MARCH 1998
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
SOLEMN BEATIFICATION OF BLESSED IWENE TANSI ONITSHA NIGERIA.
POPE JOHN PAUL II'S
SECOND APOSTOLIC VISIT
9.15 hrs - Departure with ALITALIA Boeing 767
14.30 hrs - Arrival at «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport, Abuja
(ceremonies of Welcome)
15.15 hrs - Transfer from «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport to
the Apostolic Nunciature - 41 km
16.15 hrs - Arrival at the Nunciature. Blessing of the new building
of the Nunciature. Greetings to the workers. Brief rest.
17.45 hrs - Transfer from the Nunciature to
the State House - 5 km.
18.00 hrs - Arrival at the State House (Aso Rock).
Courtesy visit to the Head of State,
General Sani Abacha.
19.00 hrs - Transfer from the State House to the Nunciature.
Supper and Rest for the night.
08.00 hrs - Transfer from the Nunciature to «Nnamdi Azikiwe»
08.45 hrs - Flight to Enugu Airport with ADC Airlines. - 400 km.
09.35 hrs - Arrival at Enugu airport. Brief greeting by the local authority.
09.50 hrs - Transfer to Oba airport by helicopter. - 86 km.
10.20 hrs - Arrival at Oba. Greeting the faithful gathered from
11.00 hrs - MASS OF BEATIFICATION OF FATHER CYPRIAN
MICHAEL IWENE TANSI. Angelus message towards
the end of Mass.
14.00 hrs - Transfer by helicopter to military base airport at Enugu. Flight back to Abuja.
15.30 hrs - Arrival at Abuja. No protocol ceremonies. To the Apostolic Nunciature. Rest.
20.30 hrs - Meeting with the Muslim Leaders at the Nunciature.
08.00 hrs - Transfer to Kubwa square - 20 km.
08.30 hrs - Greets the faithful gathered from Pope mobile
09.00 hrs - HOLY MASS (Theme - The Church, Family of God)
At the end of the Mass, the people will recite the prayer
approved by the Nigerian Episcopal Conference:
«Prayer for Nigeria in distress»
11.30 hrs - Transfer to the Nunciature
12.00 hrs - Meeting and lunch with the bishops of Nigeria and the members
of the Papal entourage at the Nunciature. Rest.
15.45 hrs - Transfer to «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport Abuja. Departure
ceremonies, takes leave of Gen. Abacha, Bishops, members
of diplomatic corps, etc.
16.45 hrs - Flight to Rome with ALITALIA Boeing 767
22.00 hrs - Arrival at Ciampino - Roma airport.
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