Vatican City, 10 June 2014 (VIS) – Today the Holy See Press Office has published the programme of the pastoral visit Pope Francis will make on Saturday, 21 June, to the diocese of Cassano all'Jonio in the province of Cosenza, in the Italian region of Calabria.
The Holy Father will leave the Vatican by helicopter at 7.25 a.m., and will land in the square in front of the “Rosetta Sisca” penitentiary of Castrovillari, where he will meet with detainees, prison staff, and their families. From there he will proceed to Cassano all'Jonio, again by helicopter, where he will land in the “Pietro Toscano” sports field. Following a brief welcome ceremony he will visit the “Giuseppe Moscati” centre for palliative care for the terminally ill.
At midday he will meet with the clergy of the diocese at the cathedral, and around 1 p.m. he will lunch in the John Paul I seminary with the poor assisted by the diocesan Caritas and with the young people in the “Mauro Rostagno” residential therapeutic rehabilitation centre. At 2.30 p.m. he will visit the elderly in the “Casa Serena” residence and at 4 p.m. he will celebrate Holy Mass at Piana di Sibari.
The Holy Father will leave at 6 p.m., leaving from the heliport at Marina di Sibari and arriving in the Vatican at 7.30 p.m.