Monday: The Pope's Itinerary

Early Monday morning, indigenous families from Chamula wait for the pope's arrival in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. (J. Malcolm Garcia.)
This article appears in the Francis in Mexico feature series. View the full series.

Below is Pope Francis'  itinerary for today in Mexico, as reported by Catholic News Service. Times listed are local, which is also Central Standard Time in the US. All public events today will be in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.

NCR Vatican Correspondent Joshua J. McElwee is traveling with the papal press corps. On the ground for NCR in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, is journalist J. Malcolm Garcia. Check here throughout the day for updates and live reporting.

Garcia sent this short dispatch about 8:30 this morning:

San Cristobal -- Lines now extending three to five miles began forming at 3 a.m. in a cold, fog-laced morning shrouding people like ghosts outside the municipal sports stadium.

Indigenous and non-indigenous alike put aside long held feelings of mistrust and together shouted, "Viva el papa!" and "Viva Jesus" and "We're all Catholic."

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Garcia's earlier dispatch is here: Faded Zapatista legacy lingers in Chiapas

Monday, Feb. 15

-- 7:30 a.m. Departure by plane for Tuxtla Gutierrez.

-- 9:15 a.m. Transfer by helicopter to San Cristobal de Las Casas.

-- 10:15 a.m. Mass at the city's sports center with the indigenous community from Chiapas. Homily by pope.

-- 1 p.m. Lunch with representatives of the indigenous community and the papal entourage.

-- 3 p.m. Visit to the cathedral of San Cristobal de Las Casas.

-- 3:35 p.m. Transfer by helicopter to Tuxtla Gutierrez.

-- 4:15 p.m. Meeting with families at the Victor Manuel Reyna Stadium at Tuxtla Gutierrez. Speech by pope.

-- 6:10 p.m. Departure by plane for Mexico City.

-- 8 p.m. Arrival at the Mexico City airport.

Follow NCR's trip coverage on Twitter at @ncronline and @joshmac and @dcoday. Come back here for extensive reports. All our reporting is available here Francis in Mexico.


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