Day 1 – 02 Sep: USA, Rome Depart John F. Kennedy International Airport to Rome, Fiumicino aboard Alitalia. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Day 2 - 03 Sep: Rome Upon arrival at Rome’s airport, after completing immigration and customs procedures you will be met by our local assistant and transferred by coach to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to rest and relax or to start discovering this fascinating city. Dinner will be at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant. [D]
Day 3 - 04 Sep: Rome – Canonization Ceremony at the Vatican After breakfast at the hotel a short coach drive to Vatican City to assist the mass to St. Peter’s Basilica to assist to the ceremony.
The canonization ceremony is conducted as follows:
- The saint's life history is read aloud.
- The pope chants the following in Latin: In honor of the Blessed Trinity, for the exaltation of the Catholic Faith and the growth of Christian life, with the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul and Our Own, after lengthy reflection, having assiduously invoked God's assistance and taken into account the opinion of many brothers of ours in the episcopate, we declare and define Blessed Teresa of Kolkota to be a saint and we enroll her in the Catalogue of the saints, and we establish that in the whole Church she should be devoutly honored among the saints.
In the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
. - The person is officially recognized as a saint at this point. A large tapestry with an image of the saint is unfurled before the faithful to admire and venerate. After the mass the remainder of the day is at leisure to wander around the Vatican and Rome. Overnight at your hotel. [B]
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