SLOVAK PAPER PUBLISHES “BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PAPAL TRIP”

SLOVAK PAPER PUBLISHES “BEHIND THE SCENES OF A PAPAL TRIP”

You didn’t know I could communicate in the Slovak language, right?

Neither did I, but there is an article in a Slovak paper called The Standard about Pope Francis’ trip to that country in September after a stop in Budapest to preside at the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress.

Bohumil Petrik, who used to be with EWTN in Rome, was back in town for a while over the summer and asked me for an interview for a Slovakian publication.  It was specifically on the making of a papal trip, the behind-the-scenes part, in view of Francis’ September trip.

I had researched papal trips years ago and have done radio shows and blogs on the result of that research: Of the many invitations a Pope receives, how is a destination chosen? How is a date chosen? What duties does an advance team have? What do they explore? How is transportation arranged? Is there a separate team that researches liturgical events? Where do Popes reside? Are there dietary needs? Etc, etc…

He sent me the following link a few days ago and told me the editor really liked the story. He had asked for a photo of me shaking hands with either Pope John Paul or Francis and, of the various pictures I sent, he chose one of me with John Paul II taken in Denver, Colorado at the 1993 World Youth Day!

https://dennikstandard.sk/102663/papeza-na-slovensku-caka-specialna-dieta-a-azda-neohlasene-stretnutia-tvrdi-znalkyna-apostolskych-ciest/

Obviously I remember what I was asked and remember my answers and see they are faithfully recounted (the part I could translate). We spoke at length and I am guessing not everything is included but then I could not read the entire piece. As I read on, I got the impression you had to be a subscriber to read the whole article – at least that is what the graphics suggested that to me.

Using Google translator, I translated the title, the first paragraph and first Q&A. With one exception (I changed the pronoun he to she when it referred to me), this is what Google wrote:

HEADLINE: A special diet and perhaps unannounced meetings await the Pope in Slovakia, says an expert on apostolic journeys

What does the preparation of the apostolic visit look like? How is the pope’s liturgical garment transported? What will the Pope eat in Slovakia? In an interview with the newspaper Standard, Joan Lewis, who worked in the Vatican in the 1990s and saw the preparation of the apostolic journeys, answers this. The American journalist has lived in Rome for a long time and writes books, articles, and blogs about the Vatican, and comments on the pope’s life on television. She says that Pope Francis in Slovakia will certainly have a special diet and possibly private, unannounced meetings.

What is the significance of Pope Franciskov’s visit to Slovakia in September?

Every visit of the Pope is important because he comes to establish his brothers and sisters in the faith. This is very important at the moment, because after a year and a half of travel restrictions and after his visit to Iraq in March, he is traveling again. His arrival in Slovakia will be important to him, to the Church, to Catholics and to all citizens, because the Pope’s words and prayers are often good for all.

In any case, I hope the people of Slovakia found the piece interesting and informative!

POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES FOR VICTIMS OF MARKET EXPLOSION IN IRAQ – ITINERARY FOR PAPAL TRIP TO HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA

As you will see below, the Vatican today published the itinerary of Pope Francis’ September 12 to 15 trip to Budapest, Hungary and to Slovakia. It seems to be a jam-packed few days and hopes are high that the Holy Father will be returned to full health by departure day. I counted about 25 events, including plane trips, meetings, and various liturgies in three and a half days! (I have left the upper case references in the original report).

POPE SENDS CONDOLENCES FOR VICTIMS OF MARKET EXPLOSION IN IRAQ

The following telegram was sent Tuesday afternoon in Pope Francis’ name by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to the Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Mitja Leskovar:

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life in the explosion at the al-Wuhailat market in Baghdad and he sends condolences to the families and friends of those who have died. Entrusting their souls to the mercy of Almighty God, His Holiness renews his fervent prayers that no act of violence will diminish the efforts of those who strive to promote reconciliation and peace in Iraq.” (AFP photo on Vatican media)

ITINERARY FOR PAPAL TRIP TO HUNGARY, SLOVAKIA

Following is the itinerary for the Apostolic Journey of Pope Francis to Budapest on the occasion of the concluding Holy Mass of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress, and to Slovakia, (12-15 September 2021):

Sunday 12 September 2021 ROME – BUDAPEST – BRATISLAVA

06:00 Departure by airplane from Rome/Fiumicino International Airport for Budapest 07:45 Arrival at Budapest International Airport

07:45 OFFICIAL WELCOME at Budapest International Airport

08:45 MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC AND THE PRIME MINISTER at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

09:15 MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest Address of the Holy Father

10:00 MEETING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES AND SOME JEWISH COMMUNITIES IN HUNGARY at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest Address of the Holy Father 11:30 HOLY MASS at Heroes’ Square in Budapest Homily of the Holy Father Angelus

14:30 FAREWELL CEREMONY at Budapest International Airport 14:40 Departure by airplane for Bratislava

15:30 Arrival at Bratislava International Airport

15:30 OFFICIAL WELCOME at Bratislava International Airport

16:30 ECUMENICAL MEETING at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava Address of the Holy Father

17:30 PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF JESUS at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava

Monday 13 September 2021 BRATISLAVA

09:15 WELCOME CEREMONY at the Presidential Palace in Bratislava

09:30 COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the “Golden Hall” of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava

10:00 MEETING WITH AUTHORITIES, CIVIL SOCIETY AND THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the garden of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava Address of the Holy Father

10:45 MEETING WITH BISHOPS, PRIESTS, RELIGIOUS, CONSECRATED PERSONS, SEMINARIANS, CATECHISTS at the Cathedral of Saint Martin in Bratislava

16:00 PRIVATE VISIT TO THE “BETHLEHEM CENTER” in Bratislava

16:45 MEETING WITH THE JEWISH COMMUNITY at Rybné námestie Square in Bratislava Address of the Holy Father

18:00 VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PARLIAMENT at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava

18:15 VISIT OF THE PRIME MINISTER at the Apostolic Nunciature in Bratislava

Tuesday 14 September 20 –BRATISLAVA – KOŠICE – PREŠOV – KOŠICE – BRATISLAVA

08:10 Departure by airplane for Košice

09:00 Arrival at Košice Airport

10:30 BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM PRESIDED BY THE HOLY FATHER in the square of the Mestská športová hala in Prešov Homily of the Holy Father

16:00 MEETING WITH THE ROMA COMMUNITY at Luník IX district in Košice Greeting of the Holy Father

17:00 MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice Address of the Holy Father

18:30 Departure by airplane for Bratislava 19:30 Arrival at Bratislava International Airport

Wednesday 15 September 2021 BRATISLAVA – ŠAŠTIN – BRATISLAVA – ROME

09:10 MOMENT OF PRAYER WITH THE BISHOPS at the National Shrine in Šaštin

10:00 HOLY MASS on the esplanade of the National Shrine in Šaštin Homily of the Holy Father

13:30 FAREWELL CEREMONY at Bratislava International Airport

13:45 Departure by airplane for Rome

15:30 Arrival at Rome/Ciampino International Airport