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Week of July 15, 2002
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Special to the WCR
As many as 350,000 young Catholics from around the globe are expected to converge on Toronto next week for World Youth Day 2002. The event will include Pope John Paul's first visit to Canada since 1987.
Canada's multifaith broadcaster, VisionTV, will offer the most comprehensive national television coverage of the pope's visit. The network is slated to carry a series of live specials, including a full telecast of the papal Mass on Sunday, July 28.
VisionTV's live coverage of the pontiff's visit will feature commentary by acclaimed broadcast journalist Rita Deverell, and Ted Schmidt, editor of Catholic New Times.
VisionTV will honour the pope's visit with the national English television premiere of John Paul II: Almost An Autobiography on Tuesday, July 23 at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m ET. This hour-long documentary chronicles the pontiff's life in his own words.
VisionTV's live coverage of World Youth Day will include:
The times shown are for the mountain time zone but check your local TV listings in case of changes.
- Tuesday, July 23, 11 a.m. to noon Pope John Paul arrives in Toronto and is greeted by Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
- Tuesday, July 23, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, archbishop of Toronto, celebrates the opening Mass of welcome at the city's Exhibition Place.
- Thursday, July 25, 1:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. The pope arrives at Ontario Place, then proceeds to Exhibition Place for the papal welcoming ceremony.
- Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - The Way of the Cross.
- Saturday, July 27, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An evening vigil with the pope at the Downsview Lands in north Toronto features music, testimonies and a message from John Paul.
- Sunday, July 28, 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. World Youth Day 2002 concludes with a papal Mass.
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