Pope Francis has a whirlwind few weeks ahead of him. Before his historic, much anticipated first visit to the United States, he was scheduled to visit three cities over several days in Cuba. Courtesy of the Vatican, here's the full schedule of masses, meetings, blessings and ceremonies in Cuba for this progressive, increasingly popular pope. Times given are local.
Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015
4 p.m. local time: Pope Francis arrives at José Martí International Airport in Havana, Cuba, followed by a welcoming ceremony.
Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015
9 a.m.: Holy Mass at Plaza de la Revolución in Havana, followed by the Angelus.
4 p.m.: Visit to Raúl Castro, President of the Council of State, and the Council of Ministers of the Republic at Palacio de la Revolución in Havana.
5:15 p.m.: Vespers at the Cathedral of Havana.
6:30 p.m.: In Havana, a greeting to youth at the Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela (watch the live stream here).
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015
8 a.m.: Pope Francis flies from Havana to Holguín, a city in the island's east, with his arrival scheduled for 9:20 a.m. at Frank Pais International Airport of Holguín.
10:30 a.m.: Holy Mass at Plaza de la Revolución in Holguín.
3:45 p.m.: Pope Francis blesses the city from Loma de la Cruz, or the Hill of the Cross, in Holguín.
4:40 p.m.: The pope flies to Santiago, on Cuba's southeastern coast, arriving at 5:30 at Antonio Maceo International Airport.
7 p.m.: Pope Francis meets with the Bishops at the Seminary of St. Basil the Great in Santiago.
7:45 p.m.: Prayer to the Virgen de la Caridad (another title for the Virgin Mary) with bishops and the Papal Entourage at the minor basilica of the shrine Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Santiago.
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015
8 a.m.: Holy Mass at the minor basilica of the shrine Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Santiago.
11 a.m.: Meeting with families at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago, followed by a blessing of the city from the square in front of the Cathedral of Santiago.
12:15 p.m.: Farewell ceremony at the airport.
12:30 p.m.: Pope Francis flies to Washington.