Programme

Arrival

  • Jordan's Chief of Royal Protocol and Ambassador of the Vatican to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan board the aircraft to welcome His Holiness
  • Two-lane Guard of Honour
  • His Holiness received and welcomed by HRH Prince Ghazi bin Muhammed
  • Students from local schools present near the Royal Pavilion to greet His Holiness 
  • Proceed to Amman in red motorcade, as traditionally used during previous Papal visits

Welcoming Ceremony

  • His Holiness Pope Francis is received by Their Majesties King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein and Queen Rania Al Abdullah
  • Pontifical National Anthem followed by Jordanian National Anthem 
  • Dismissal of the Guard of Honor
  • Courtesy Call (15 minutes) followed by photo opportunity
  • Exchange of gifts (displayed)

Royal and Papal Remarks

  • Meeting with government authorities, Muslim and Christian leaders and members of the diplomatic corps
  • Remarks by His Majesty King Abdullah II
  • Remarks by His Holiness Pope Francis

Holy Mass

  • Tour inside stadium
  • Holy Mass (2 hours, 15 minutes)
  • Expected attendance to meet stadium capacity of 30,000 persons
  • About 1,400 children to receive their First Holy Communion

Baptism Site

  • His Majesty King Abdullah II receives his Holiness 
  • His Holiness performs pilgrimage to the Jordan River

Meeting with the Vulnerable

  • Expected attendance of 400 persons, mainly young refugees and children with special needs
  • His Holiness departs for the Apostiolic Nunciture (Vatican Embassy Residence)
  • Crowds expected to gather near the Apostiolic Nunciture to greet His Holiness

Departure

  • Students from local schools present at the Royal Pavilion to greet His Holiness
  • Farewell ceremony for His Holiness
  • Departure for Bethlehem on board Jordanian helicopters