Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle attributed to Mother Teresa clearing the way for her canonization as a saint next year, the Vatican announced on Friday.
Francis made the decision on Thursday, December 17th , his 79th birthday, after meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
Mother Teresa died in 1997. Though there is normally a five-year waiting period before the process for sainthood can begin, Pope John Paul II waived it in 1999 and beatified Mother
Based on the Holy Fathers schedule we anticipate the Canonization will take place on September 4, 2016. If the date changes, we will adjust the date to conform with the date chosen by the
Holy Father for the Canonization.
Seats will be limited to 45 people on this pilgrimage.
Thu, Sept 1st:
- New York/Rome- Depart JFK or Newark on your overnight flight to Rome. Dinner served in flight.
Fri, Sept 2nd: Rome
- Upon arrival at Rome airport, we are met by our driver and guide and transferred to our hotel. En route we stop at Saint Paul Outside the Walls to pass through the Holy Doors.
Sat, Sept 3rd: Pass through the Holy Doors
- After we pass through the Holy Doors at Saint Peters’, we have a Panorama of Rome. We see the Coliseum, the Forum, the Monument to Victor Emmanuel and the Trevi Fountain. We stop at Saint John
Lateran and Saint Mary Major to Pass through the Holy Doors.
Sun, Sept 4th: Canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta
- This morning we go to Saint Peters Square for the Canonization of Mother Teresa. After the ceremony you have free time to enjoy Rome on your own.
Mon, Sept 5th: Rome/Assisi
- Morning departure to Assisi. Upon arrival our first stop will be the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where we see the Porziuncola. It was here that Saint Francis died. After our visit, we
continue to the upper city of Assisi where we visit to Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare and see the Tombs of the two saints.
Tue, Sept 6th: Assisi
- Today we visit the Church of San Damiano. The church and convent of San Damiano is where it all began in Assisi. It originally was a small Benedictine priory, dating back to 1030. In 1205, a
young, restless, Francesco was praying before a 12thcentury painted crucifix. Suddenly Christ on the crucifix came to life and spoke to Francis, saying, "Rebuild my church." Francis took the command
literally at first, reconstructing the little church with his own hands. The church later became a favorite retreat for Francis and it was here that he wrote the first draft of his celebrated
“Canticle of the Creatures.” Saint Clare, close friend of Francis, founded her Order of the Poor Clare’s at San Damiano in 1212. She lived here most of her life as its abbess and passed away in an
upstairs room on August 11, 1253. Her body was transferred a few years later to the Basilica of Saint Clare which was built in her honor.
Wed, Sept 7th: Assisi/Loreto/San Giovanni Rotondo
- Morning departure to San Giovanni Rotondo. This morning we head to the Adriatic Coast where we make our first stop at the Holy House of Loreto.
- The Holy House of Loreto is one of the most revered Marian shrines in the world. Since medieval times, the Holy House is believed to be the very home in which the Virgin Mary
lived, conceived and raised the young Jesus.
- According to the New Testament, Jesus was raised by Mary and Joseph in a small town called Nazareth, near Jerusalem. Joseph was a carpenter, and their house was humble. Three centuries after the
life of Jesus, the newly-converted Emperor Constantine built a basilica over the humble brick house believed to have sheltered the Holy Family.
- According to Catholic tradition, the Holy House came under threat during the turmoil of the Crusades, so in 1291, angels miraculously transported the house from its original location to a site in
modern-day Croatia. An empty space was left in Nazareth and a small house suddenly appeared in a field in Croatia. The bewildered parish priest brought to the scene by shepherds who discovered it,
had a vision in which the Virgin Mary revealed it was her former house.
- On December 10, 1294, the house was again moved by angels because of the Muslim invasion of Albania. It landed first in Recanti, Italy, but was shortly thereafter moved for a third time to its
present location in Loreto.
- After our visit we continue to San Giovanni Rotondo where we visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Grace.
Thu, Sept 8th: San Giovanni Rotondo/St. Michael’s Cave/San Giovanni Rotondo
- This morning we visit the Tomb of Padre Pio and the English Office where we hear more about the life of Padre Pio. This afternoon we visit Saint Michaels Cave. In the year 492 a man named Gargan
was pasturing his large herds in the countryside. One day a bull fled into the mountain, where at first it could not be found. When its refuge in a cave was discovered, an arrow was shot into the
cave, but the arrow returned to wound the one who had sent it. The local bishop of the region was consulted. He ordered three days of fasting and prayers. After three days, the Archangel Saint
Michael appeared to the bishop and declared that the cavern was under his protection, and that God wanted it to be consecrated under his name and in honor of all the Holy Angels.
Fri, Sept 9th: San Giovanni Rotondo
- Free day for private devotions.
Sat, Sept 10th : San Giovanni Rotondo/Pietrelcina/Rome
- Morning departure to Rome. We start our journey to Rome with a visit of Pietrelcina birthplace of Padre Pio. We visit his home, the Church of Santa Ana, where he was baptized and we have Mass at
Santa Maria degli Angeli. We stop at Piana Romana, where Padre Pio received the invisible stigmata and where his family’s farm house is.. After our visit, we continue for Rome.
Sun, Sept 11th: Rome/USA
- Morning departure to Rome airport for our return flight to the USA.