Vatican: The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis` visit to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.
Pope Francis will leave Rome on January 12, and return on January 19. He will arrive in Colombo on January 13.
During his three-day visit to Sri Lanka, the Pope, according to the Colombo Page web site, will address bishops of Sri Lanka at the Archdiocese of Colombo, call on President Mahinda Rajapaksa at his Temple Trees official residence, address an inter-religious meeting at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, attend a Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo, deliver a Marian Prayer at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary at Madhu and visit the Chapel "Our Lady of Lanka" at Bolawalana.
He will depart by plane from Colombo to Manila on January 15.