Saturday: Benedict in Brazil (Day Four)

Today, Pope Benedict continues his apostolic journey to Brazil for a fourth day, visiting a center for drug rehabilitation and then praying the rosary at the famous Shrine of Aparecida. Once again, this post will be updated and expanded throughout the day, so keep visiting!

NB: Complete roundup of my coverage here, the best photos from the trip here.

Highlights of Saturday’s papal itinerary (all times EST):

10.30AM – Arrival at the Fazenda da Esperan?in Guaratinguet?Greetings & Address of the Holy Father]
11.45AM – Luncheon with the representatives of the Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops’ Conferences at “Bom Jesus” Seminary in Aparecida
5PM – Arrival at the Shrine of Aparecida; Recitation of the Holy Rosary and meeting with Priests, Men Religious, Women Religious, Seminarians and Deacons at the Basilica of the Shrine of Aparecida [Address of the Holy Father]
7:30PM – Transfer by car from the Shrine of Aparecida to “Bom Jesus” Seminary

Top News & Breaking Reports:

Important general links:

Papal texts and transcripts:

Notable St. Blog’s coverage:

Catholic media coverage/analysis:

Mainstream coverage (linked not necessarily for accuracy, but to remain informed):

From this morning’s Vatican Information Service:

VATICAN CITY, MAY 12, 2007 (VIS) – Today, Saturday May 12, having celebrated Mass privately in the chapel of the “Bom Jesus” seminary, the Pope will visit the church of the “Fazenda da Esperanca” in Guaratingueta.

He will then go on to meet members of the “Fazenda da Esperanca” community, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of people with problems of drug abuse.

At midday he will return to the “Bom Jesus” seminary for lunch with representatives of the presidency of the Fifth General Conference of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean.

At 6 p.m. (11 p.m. in Rome), he will travel to the shrine of Aparecida to pray the Rosary and meet with priests, religious, seminarians and deacons of Brazil.

The rest:

Special thanks to Amy Welborn, Domenico Bettinelli, Gerald Augustinus and Rocco Palmo for inviting their readers to my coverage. Special thanks also to Teresa Benedetta and the other regular contributors of the PapaRatzingerForum for their incredible industry and dedication to all things Papa Benny!

Note: For the especially-motivated, even more interesting facts, photos & video here.

Note 2: tba

[photo credit & captions: (1) Faithful greet Pope Benedict XVI at the ‘Fazenda da Esperanca’ or ‘Farm or Hope’ drug rehabilitation center in Guaratingueta, Brazil, Saturday, May 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Victor Caivano) (2) Pope Benedict XVI hugs children during a visit to a drug rehabilitation center called ‘Fazenda da Esperanca’ or Farm of Hope in Guaratingueta, Brazil, Saturday, May 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan) (3) People attend an event with Pope Benedict XVI at a drug rehabilitation center called ‘Fazenda da Esperanca’ or Farm of Hope in Guaratingueta, Brazil, Saturday, May 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

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