SATURDAY, 21 MARCH 1998
9.15 hrs   

Departure with ALITALIA Boeing 767

14.30 hrs    Arrival at «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport, Abuja (ceremonies of Welcome)
15.15 hrs    Transfer from «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport to the Apostolic Nunciature - 41 km
16.15 hrs   

Arrival at the Nunciature. Blessing of the new building of the Nunciature.

Greetings to the workers. Brief rest
17.45 hrs     

Transfer from the Nunciature to  the State House - 5 km.

18.00 hrs  Arrival at the State House (Aso Rock). Courtesy visit to the Head of State, General Sani Abacha
19.00 hrs    Transfer from the State House to the Nunciature. Supper and Rest for the night.

SUNDAY, 22 MARCH 1998

 

08.00 hrs    Transfer from the Nunciature to «Nnamdi Azikiwe» Airport, Abuja
08.45 hrs    Flight to Enugu Airport with ADC Airlines. - 400 km
09.35 hrs Arrival at Enugu airport. Brief greeting by the Local authority
 09.50 hrs    Transfer to Oba airport by helicopter. - 86 km
10.20 hrs    Arrival at Oba. Greeting the faithful gathered from Popemobile
11.00 hrs   

MASS OF BEATIFICATION OF FATHER CYPRIANMICHAEL IWENE

TANSI. Angelus message towards the end of Mass.

14.00 hrs   

Transfer by helicopter to military base airport at Enugu. light back to Abuja.

15.30 hrs  

Arrival at Abuja.  No protocol ceremonies. To the Apostolic Nunciature.  Rest.

20.30 hrs    Meeting with the Muslim Leaders at the Nunciature.

MONDAY, 23 MARCH 1998

08.00 hrs   

Transfer to Kubwa square  - 20 km.

08.30 hrs    Greets the faithful gathered from Pope mobile
09.00 hrs    HOLY MASS (Theme - The Church, Family of God) At the end of the Mass, the people will recite the prayer approved by the Nigerian Episcopal Conference: «Prayer for Nigeria in distress»
11.30 hrs    Transfer to the Nunciature
12.00 hrs    Meeting and lunch with the bishops of Nigeria and the members of the Papal entourage at the Nunciature. Rest.
15.45 hrs   

Transfer to «Nnamdi Azikiwe» airport Abuja. Departure ceremonies, takes leave of Gen. Abacha, Bishops, members of diplomatic corps, etc.

16.45 hrs    Flight to Rome with ALITALIA Boeing 767
22.00 hrs    Arrival at Ciampino - Roma airport.

 

 

SUNDAY, 22 MARCH 1998