The third day of Pope Francis in Mexico covers two public activities, one in the city of Ecatepec and a visit to a children’s hospital.
The Holy Father will celebrate a mass at the Study Center of Ecatepec. This event is an outdoor morning Mass Feb. 14 (Mexican time) which has been delayed purposely by one hour.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the Mass will be delayed until 11:30 a.m., (Mexico City time) of February 14, 2016 to allow people to arrive in the morning without attempting to spend the night at the site. (Originally scheduled for February 15, 2015, 1:15 AM Vatican time).
A suburb of Mexico City, Ecatepec, meaning windy hill as overnight temperatures are frigid, refers to the city and a municipality in the State (province) of Mexico. It is because the city is co-extensive with the municipality. It has an estimated population of 1,658,806 in 2010, and the most populous suburb of the national capital.
After the mass Pope Francis will visit the Federico Gomez children’s hospital. This is a scheduled itinerary for February 14th (February 15, 2016, Monday, 7:30 AM Vatican time).
Because of timing changes, a meeting with “representatives of culture” in Mexico City originally scheduled for the evening of Feb. 14 was cancelled. Father Lombardi attributed the cancellation mainly because of the hour delay of the entire day’s program.
Nice to know:
Sunday, Feb. 14 (Mexico City, Ecatepec, Mexico City)
— 10:15 a.m. (11:15 a.m.) Transfer by helicopter to
— 11:30 a.m. (12:30 p.m.) Mass in the area of the
“study center” of Ecatepec. Homily by pope. Pope recites Angelus.
— 2 p.m. Lunch with the papal entourage in the Ecatepec
— 4:45 p.m. (5:45 p.m.) Transfer by helicopter to Mexico
— 5:15 p.m. (6:15 p.m.) Arrival in Mexico City.
— 5:45 p.m. (6:45 p.m.) Visit to the Federico Gomez
Children’s Hospital of Mexico. Greeting by pope.