(Vatican Radio) “From the pope we expect a push”, Bishop of Caserta Giovanni D’Alise, told Vatican Radio describing the people of Caserta as they eagerly await the arrival of Pope Francis who will be making a short pastoral visit to the region this afternoon. The Holy Father is scheduled to depart from the Vatican at 3 pm. He will arrive by helicopter where he will be greeted by both the Bishop and civil representatives of Caserta. From there, he will travel to meet the priests of the diocese. At the end of his time with the priests, he is scheduled to greet the faithful gathered in the Piazza in front of the palace of Caserta. The Pope will conclude his visit with the celebration the Holy Mass held in the Piazza. At the end of the Mass, the pope will then return to the helicopter and depart for the Vatican.
The pope will return to Caserta on Monday a strictly private visit with his personal friend, evangelical pastor Giovanni Traettino.