Pope Benedict XVI: itinerary for Mexico and Cuba, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI: itinerary for Mexico and Cuba, 2012

Below, please find our unofficial English translations of the press releases issued Monday, January 2nd, by the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico and the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, detailing the itinerary of Pope Benedict XVI’s scheduled visit to each country in March of this year.

Press Release concerning the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico

On December 12th, 2011, His Holiness Benedict XVI announced his intention to undertake an apostolic journey to Mexico and Cuba, before Easter 2012.

Following consultations with the Government of the United Mexican States and the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, and after detailed study by those responsible for the Pope’s travels, in conjunction with federal authorities and members of the government of Guanajuato state, the Holy Father approved the program that was submitted and will be verified as follows:

The Holy Father will travel on Friday March 23rd, 2012, from the city of Rome to the airport in Leon, Guanajuato, where he will be officially received by the President of Mexico, Felipe Calderon, by the Archbishop of Leon, José Martín, and by representatives of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference.

During his stay in Mexico will be staying at the residence of the Sisters of Miraflores College in Leon.

On Saturday evening, March 24th, The Holy Father will have an official meeting with President Felipe Calderon and his delegation at the Conde Rul House, the seat of the State Government of Guanajuato. Finally the Holy Father will greet and bless children and all the faithful gathered in Guanajuato’s La Paz square.

On the morning of Sunday March 25th, the Holy Father will be preside at Mass in Bicentennial Park in the municipality of Silao, at the foot of Cubilete Hill, atop which stands the monument to Christ the King. Representatives of the faithful of the 91 dioceses of Mexico will be present.

On the afternoon of March 25th, the Holy Father, will celebrate Vespers in the Leon cathedral and deliver a message to all the Bishops of Mexico and other representatives of the Bishops’ Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean.

On the morning of March 26th, the highest civil and religious authorities of Mexico will farewell the Holy Father at Leon airport, before he departs for Cuba.

Press release of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba with regard to the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI, having been invited by Cuba’s President Raúl Castro and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba, has approved the program prepared by organizers of the Papal trip together with Cuban authorities and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Cuba. The program, from March 26th – 28th, 2012, has been fixed as follows:

On March 26th, the Holy Father will travel from Mexico to the City of Santiago de Cuba, where he will be officially received by President Raul Castro, by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba and by the Archbishop of Santiago, Dionisio Guillermo García Ibáñez. Following the official welcome, in the early hours of the afternoon, the Holy Father will be taken to the residence of Archbishop of Santiago de Cuba.

At sunset, the Holy Father will celebrate Mass in Antonio Maceo Revolution Square to mark the Solemnity of the Annunciation. At the conclusion of Mass the Holy Father will head to El Cobre where he will stay in residence for priests.

On the morning of March 27th, the Pope shall make a private visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity to pray for a few minutes before the much-venerated image of the Virgin there. After this, the Pope will go to the airport for a flight from Santiago de Cuba to Havana.

At noon the Pope is scheduled to arrive at the José Martí airport in Havana, where he will be welcomed by Havana’s Archbishop, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, by the auxiliary bishops and other religious and civil authorities. The Pope’s conveyance will then proceed to the Vatican embassy where he will stay. In the afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI will visit President Raul Castro for an official meeting. At dusk, the Holy Father will meet in the Nunciature with all the Catholic Bishops of Cuba.

On the morning of March 28th, Pope Benedict XVI will preside at Mass in José Martí Revolution Square. After the celebration, the Pope will return to the Apostolic Nunciature. He will leave from there in the afternoon for José Martì airport where there will be an official farewell ceremony ahead of his departure.


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9 Responses to Pope Benedict XVI: itinerary for Mexico and Cuba, 2012

  1. pablo says:

    The Holy Father will not visit Nuestra Senora Santa Maria de Guadalupe, one of the most powerful Marian apparitions in the World.

    We Cristeros are trying to figure that one out…

    Any suggestion?

    In 2010, October, the nephew of Saint Rafael Guizar y Valencia was beaten to death at the Basilica Priest Residence at Tepeyac Hill. His name was Padre Jesus Guizar.

    The Padre had written to Rome in detail about the infestation of Freemasons in the Basilica.



  2. teresa says:

    In Mexico, where Father Marcial Maciel could work hand in hand with the rich and powerful, I am not surprised by this story. Though it had nothing to do with freemasons, rather with a lot of the social problems in Mexico I assume.

    Freemasons are those who promote Natural Reason, Moral and Philanthropy. They are not necessarily religious but they are civilized people and won’t beat up anybody.

    I am people read too many Dan Brown stuff.
    Here is a more reasonable account of this incidence I found on the web:


  3. teresa says:

    Conspiracy theorists like to blame the Jews, Freemasons, Jesuits, the Vatican, Christians… The list is long and just according to the favoured world view of the conspiracy theorist the scapegoat varies but the story line is always the same.

    As people who cry out “freemasons are to be blamed for everything” generally don’t know at all what freemasons are, here is some information from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
    First, the world “freemason” comes from the word for the masons (craftsmen) who built the Cathedrals, then the modern Freemasonry contains among many the following principle:
    “Concerning God and Religion. A Mason is obliged by his Tenure, to obey the moral law: and if he rightly understands the Art, he will never be a stupid Atheist [Gothic letters] nor an irreligious Libertine [Gothic letters]. But though in ancient times Masons were charged in every country to be of the religion of that country or nation, whatever it was, yet ’tis now thought more expedient only to oblige them to that religion in which all men agree, leaving their particular Opinions to themselves: that is, to be good men and true or Men of Honour and Honesty, by whatever Denominations or Persuasions they may be distinguished; whereby Masonry becomes the Centre of Union and the Means of conciliating true Friendship among Persons that must have remained at a perpetual Distance.”

    Freemasonry whether you like it or not, is a part of European culture history, many a great man belonged to the lodge including Mozart.


  4. JabbaPapa says:

    No matter what freemasonry may claim, its clear teaching that salvation is attainable through works is deeply and fundamentally Protestant, and strongly incompatible with Catholic Christianity.


  5. The Raven says:

    Jabba, surely you have this around your neck? Salvation by works is explicitly rejected by Protestants – their belief is one of sola fide – we are much more amenable to the idea that a man may work out his salvation.

    I had always understood that Freemasonry has been historically condemned by the Church because of its syncretic religious implications (not to mention masons’ historic role in conspiracies against the papal states in the nineteenth century).


  6. JabbaPapa says:

    No Raven I don’t think so — salvation by works is a Protestant idea, albeit that it is not universal in Protestantism, and that it is not a part of Lutheranism. There are many different varieties of Protestantism.

    I’m sorry if it wasn’t clear from my comment that I was not speaking of mainstream Protestantism.

    Catholicism does not teach salvation by works, but it teaches that Faith is the only human act, via baptism and eucharistic Communion especially, that can help towards a salvation the power of which lies in God’s hands alone. Catholicism teaches that good works within the *context* of Faith are a sign of the movement towards salvation, but it teaches that good works without Faith will not provide it.

    The teaching that good works themselves can provide salvation is a teaching of certain Protestant sects of theology, and it has been denounced as heretical by the Church, therefore incompatible with Catholicism.


  7. teresa says:

    Jabba, the world is pluralistic and certainly there are ideas, organisations etc. which are not Catholic, or not cherished and even rejected by the Church. The point I wanted to make is that people don’t become bad people or even criminals only because they choose a different set of ideas.
    I’ve written: Freemasonary, whether you like it or not, is not to be blamed for every criminal act or bad luck happening in the world. And that, I think, can be generally accepted by persons with reasonably sound mental status.


  8. richmx2 says:

    Hey, thanks for the link to my (hibernating) Mexican cultural website. I recently wrote a short book on the Cristeros… which required getting much further than I intended into a history of Mexican freemasonry. In many ways, the Freemasons functioned as political parties during the early 19th century here… the “liberals” (what today are conservatives) at York Rite Lodges, the “conservatives” at the Scottish Rite lodges. It was an odd situation, in that the Scottish Rite was somewhat pro-clerical, although the clergy (officially) condemned freemasonry.

    Church and state being one in those days, the Masonic lodges, which were quasi-tolerated, were less plotting against the church than a place where anti-government types (which included anti-clericals) could meet. Interestingly enough, Catholic organizations (like the Religious Defense League and Knights of Columbus) fulfilled the same role during the anti-clerical phase of the Mexican Revolution, and became active participants in the Cristero War.

    My e-book on the Cristeros is “Gorostieta and the Cristiada: Mexico’s Catholic Insurgency 19216-1929” and is available through Amazon, and other ebook distributors, or in paper form from the Mexican publisher: editorialmazatlan.com


  9. teresa says:

    Richmax2, thank you so much for this very informative comment! It opens eyes to a new world which is quite new to me.


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