Pope Francis entrusted his Apostolic Journey to the Kingdom of Bahrain into the hands of Mother Mary at the Saint Mary Major Basilica on Wednesday afternoon.
On the eve of his departure to the kingdom of Bahrain, Pope Francis went to the Roman Basilica of Saint Mary Major to entrust his visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Blessed Virgin Mary as usual.
Pope Francis’ visit to St. Mary Major marked the 100th time he visited the Basilica during his pontificate.
Pope Francis is to start his 39th Apostolic Journey abroad with the departure from Rome on Thursday morning on a 4-day Apostolic visit (3 – 6 November).
He is scheduled to arrive in the central Bahrain city of Awali around 4: 45 pm local time.
Upon his arrival in Bahrain on Thursday, the Pope will make a courtesy visit to King Hamad at the Sakhir Royal Palace and meet with Bahrain’s authorities, civil society, and diplomatic corps.
During his visit to the country, the Holy Father will deliver the address at the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue on the theme “East and West for Human Coexistence”.
On Friday, the Holy Father will attend the closing session of the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue.
He will meet privately with the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, then hold an audience with the members of the Muslim Council of Elders.
The Pope will hold an ecumenical meeting and prayer for peace in the Our Lady of Arabia Cathedral in Awali.
On Saturday morning, Pope Francis will preside the Holy Mass in the Bahrain National Stadium for the country’s Catholic population.
He will meet with the young people at Sacred Heart School later in the day.
The Pope’s Apostolic visit to Bahrain ends on Sunday morning with a prayer meeting with local Bishops, priests, consecrated persons, seminarians, and pastoral workers at the Sacred Heart Church in Manama.
The Pope will return to Rome by the papal plane and is scheduled to arrive at Fiumicino Airport around 5 pm.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is an island country in Western Asia on the Persian Gulf. It is located between the Qatar and the northeastern coast of Saudi Arabia.
According to worldometers.info, the current population of Bahrain is about 1.8 million as of November 2, 2022.
The Catholic population of Bahrain is about 80,000 and most of them are migrant workers. - Vatican News
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