Pope Francis to pay official visit to European Parliament

| November 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
o-POPE-FRANCIS-facebookPope Francis will pay an official visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday 25 November. He will deliver a formal address to the members in the Chamber.
The Pope was invited by President Schulz, on behalf of the European Parliament, when he paid an official visit to the Vatican on 11 October 2013. This is the first visit to the Parliament by a sovereign pontiff in 26 years. Last time was in 1988, when Pope Jean Paul II delivered an address to Parliament, just one year before the fall of the Berlin Wall.
“We are very honoured and proud to receive Pope Francis in the European Parliament. Through his speech to the European Parliament he will have the opportunity to address the millions of citizens represented by our Members,” President Schulz said ahead of the visit.”I look forward to his opinion on shared concerns such as the economic crisis, the fight against poverty, immigration policy and several other matters where a solution needs a stronger and more dynamic European Union”, he added.
The Pope will arrive at the European Parliament in Strasbourg at around 10h30 and be received by President Schulz in front of the main entrance, with a welcoming ceremony comprising the two anthems and a flag-raising ceremony. After the ceremony, President Schulz will introduce the Pope to the members of the Bureau and Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament. At 11h15, Pope Francis will deliver his speech to MEPs. After visiting Parliament, the Pope will visit the Council of Europe.
Even if you are not present at the official visit, you can follow the event live on Europe by Satellite (EbS) and the Audiovisual Website.  During the entire visit the Audiovisual Website will pick up and broadcast the EbS live feed, starting at about 10:00, at the airport, and continuing until approximately 13h.  The live stream will also be available on the main European Parliament website.

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