Trip Itinerary

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Thursday, March 8:

9:35 pm – Religio departs JFK International Airport via Alitalia Airways


Friday, March 9:

12:35 pm – Religio arrives at Rome’s International Airport and heads for Hotel Emmaus

3 pm – Tour of Capitoline Hill

5:45 pm- Synagogue service at the Great Synagogue in the Jewish Ghetto

7:45 pm – Dinner at Il Giardino Romano Restaurant in the Jewish Ghetto


Saturday, March 10:

8:30 am – Breakfast with Father John Wauck (Professor at Pontifical University of the Holy Cross)

9:30 am – Visit to Ponte Sant’Angelo Methodist Church

12:30 pm – Meeting with Father Federico Lombardi, Spokesperson of the Holy See and Director of Vatican Radio and Centro Televisivo Vaticano at the Holy See Press Office

3:10 pm – Visit to the Russian Orthodox Church on Via del Lago Terrione

7 pm – Dinner at La Vittoria Restaurant


Sunday, March 11:

8:45 am – Mass and tour at Pontifical North American College

12 pm – Angelus with the Pope at St. Peter’s Square

2:30 pm – Presentation by the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Church of San Gregorio al Celio

7 pm – Dinner at La Pilotta Restaurant with guest speaker Msgr. Owen Keenan, Official of the Vatican Secretariat of State


Monday, March 12:

8:45 am – Tour of Braccio di Carlo Magno Museum (rare biblical texts and artifacts) at St. Peter’s Square

10:15 am – Tour of Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica

4 pm – Meeting with the Community of Sant’Egidio

6:30 pm – Dinner at Dar Poeta Pizzeria

8:30 pm – Vespers at the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere


Tuesday, March 13:

9 am – Meeting with Bishop Siluan Span at Romanian Orthodox Church

4:45 pm – Visit to the Pontifical University of Holy Cross

5:30 pm – Meeting with Cardinal James Stafford

7 pm – Dinner at Sicomoro Ristro Restaurant with journalist guest speakers Gerard O’Connell and Francis X. Rocca


Wednesday, March 14:

9:30 am – Papal Audience

1:30 pm – Visit to the Mosque of Rome, and Istituto Tevere and Mustafa Cenap Avdin

6:45 pm – Mass and interreligious dinner at the Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas


Thursday, March 15:

8 am – Trip to Naples, arrive at Hotel Piazza Bellini

1 pm – Guided tour of Naples

7:30 pm – Dinner at Pizzeria Bellini


Friday, March 16:

10 am – Trip to San Giovanni Rotondo, arrive at Hotel Santa Maria delle Grazie

3:45 pm – Tour of Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza Hospital

8 pm – Dinner at hotel restaurant


Saturday, March 17:

9 am – Visit to the Sanctuary of San Giovanni Rotondo and Catholic Shrine

1:00 pm – Trip to San Michele in Gargano, arrive at Casa del Pellegrino

2:30 pm – Visit to the Sanctuary of San Michele in Gargano

7 pm – Dinner at San Michele Hotel Restaurant


Sunday, March 18:

10 am – Trip to Bari, arrive at Hotel Boston

3 pm – Guided tour of Bari sites

8 pm – Dinner at La Locanda de Federico restaurant


Monday, March 19:

8:35 am – Religio departs Bari to Rome and arrives back in NYC