Programme of Pope’s visit to Thailand and Japan

The logos for the Pope's visit to Thailand and Japan

Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to Thailand and Japan in November. It will be his 32nd Apostolic Journey abroad. This will be another ecumenical Journey with highlight stops in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Holy See Press Office on Wednesday published the programme of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit. The Pontiff departs from Rome on 19 November; after 3 full days in Thailand he travels to Japan for the second leg of his visit. He is scheduled to return to the Vatican on 26 November.

Tuesday, 19 November

19:00 – Departure by plane from Rome Fiumicino Airport for Bangkok

Wednesday, 20 November

12:30 – Arrival at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

Official welcome at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

Thursday, 21 November

Welcome Ceremony in the Government House courtyard

Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House

Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Hall of the Government House

Visit to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple

Meeting with the medical staff of St. Louis Hospital

Private visit to infirm and disabled people at St. Louis Hospital Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

Private visit to His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at Amphorn Royal Palace

Holy Mass in the National Stadium

Friday, 22 November

Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in St Peter’s Parish

Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and FABC at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine

Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a hall close to the Shrine

Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

Meeting with the Leaders of the Christian denominations and Other Religions at Chulalongkorn University              

Holy Mass with Young People in the Cathedral of the Assumption

 Saturday, 23 November

Farewell Ceremony at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

9:30 – Departure by plane for Tokyo

17:40 – Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

Welcome Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airporta

Meeting with the Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature

 Sunday, 24 November

7:00 – Departure by plane for Nagasaki

9:20 – Arrival at Nagasaki Airport

Message on nuclear weapons at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park

Tribute to the Martyr Saints at the Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill

Lunch at the Bishop’s House

Holy Mass in the Baseball Stadium

16:35 – Departure by plane for Hiroshima

17:45 – Arrival at Hiroshima Airport

Meeting for peace at the Peace Memorial

20:25 – Departure by plane for Tokyo

22:10 – Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

Monday, 25 November

Meeting with the victims of Triple Disaster at “Bellesalle Hanzomon”

Private visit to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace

Meeting with Young People at the Cathedral of Holy Mary

Lunch with the Papal Delegation at the Nunciature

Holy Mass in the Tokyo Dome

Meeting with the Prime Minister at Kantei

Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps at Kantei

 Tuesday, 26 November

Private Holy Mass with the Members of the Society of Jesus in the Chapel of Kulturzentrum of Sophia University

Breakfast and private meeting with the Collegium Maximum at Sophia University

Visit to the elderly and infirm priests at Sophia University

Visit to Sophia University

Farewell Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

11:35 – Departure by plane for Rome/Fiumicino

17:15 – Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino Airport