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Holy Father Francis in Košice on 14 September 2021

The Holy Father Francis will visit Košice on Tuesday 14 September 2021

The meeting of the ROMA COMMUNITY with the Holy Father Francis will be at LUNIK IX. The accompanying program will begin at 11:00 a.m. The main program will be in the area in front of the Salesian Community Center - from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Two hours before the Holy Father's arrival, the grounds will be closed.

The meeting of the YOUTH with the Holy Father Francis will take place at the TJ Lokomotíva Stadium in Košice. The accompanying program will be from 11.00 a.m. until the arrival of the Pope and will continue after his departure, until 8.00 p.m. The main program with the Pope at the stadium will be from 16:45 to 18:00. Two hours before the arrival of the Holy Father, the access roads as well as the stadium will be closed. This meeting is primarily for young people aged 15-30, but we also encourage all "young in heart" to attend with joy.

Information for both venues:

  • Prerequisites

    According to the current regulations in force, only fully vaccinated will be able to participate in the big public meetings with the Pope.

  • Registration for the meeting with the Holy Father in Košice

    Volunteers and journalists are now registering in the nationwide register, the link to which is on this official website.

    Registration for all participants in the meetings with the Holy Father is also on this official website. We remind you that each participant must first register INDIVIDUALLY; they you may also register GROUPS (e.g. if you will be part of a group coming from parish).

    For the sake of the event's organization, we recommend coming in organized groups and register also through our forms (both at the Lokomotiva Stadium and at Lunik IX.) - so that we are able to secure enough parking spaces and other important needs. We will launch group registration soon and you will find it on this page.

  • Transportation

    On the day of the meeting, there will be some traffic restrictions in Košice and it will not be possible to get to the Lokomotiva stadium and Lunik IX by private cars or buses. They will be parked in the prepared parking lots

    For this reason, FREE SHUTTLE BUSES will be provided from the car parks. Once groups have registered, we will be sending return emails to those responsible for the groups with organizational instructions and detailed parking instructions.

  • Pilgrim's packet

    We are also preparing a pilgrim's packet for registered groups, which will be available to order. It will include souvenirs (magnets, key rings, pens...) as well as T-shirts and sweatshirts with the official logo of the meeting of the Holy Father Francis in Slovakia. The offer letter will be sent to those who sign up after the registration opens. It will not be possible to sell souvenirs directly at the stadium, so we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.

  • Volunteering

    An event of this nature needs many volunteers. Please help us recruit them and please be so kind as to assist us if we need to verify that the person signing up is capable of and trustworthy for the service.

    We are attaching an active volunteer sign-up link with details of dates and services. We are especially asking for mature adults to help us with the organization so that as many people as possible can participate directly in the meeting with Pope Francis.

  • Spiritual preparation

    We ask for your prayerful support for the visit of the Holy Father Francis to Slovakia.

    There will be a joint spiritual preparation through Catholic media and social networks starting on 15 August, which we bring to your attention.

  • Safety instructions
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    • 155 / AMBULANCE
    • 158 / POLICE
  • - Bring only essential personal belongings. Limit metal objects to minimum: (mobile phones, cameras, binoculars, key bundles, chains, watches, thermoses, pocket knives, foldable chairs, etc.) Do not leave personal belongings unattended.
  • - It is forbidden to bring: firearms and their replicas, tear gas, tear gas canisters, electric stun guns, knives, metal rods, long sharp objects, etc.
  • - A no-fly zone for air traffic will be declared for the spots of the visit for several days in advance and during the stay of the Holy Father. This restriction also applies to drones.
  • - It is forbidden to bring animals, with exception of trained guide dogs assisting people with disabilities.
  • - In case of any health or safety issue, please contact the nearest volunteer (reflective vest) or the nearest police officer, military officer or paramedic (uniform).
  • - Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly forbidden! The same applies to smoking, advertisement of political parties (by word, clothing, flags, etc.) and promotion of all kinds of commercial entities.
  • - The organizer has the right to withdraw the permission to participate to anyone who refuses to comply with the rules.
  • - Drinking water will be available in tankers on the premises. Refreshments can only be purchased in the parking lots area, not in the event area itself.
  • Entrances to the event area will close at 8:00am.
  • For the necessary time before arrival of the Holy Father, movement in the corridors (even to toilets) will be restricted.

Information for Lunik IX.:

  • Celebration of Holy Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    We bring to the attention of those who are going to Lunik IX the possibility of attending the 11:00 a.m. mass. Mons. Vladimír Fekete, SDB, Slovak bishop who serves in Azerbaijan will celebrate this mass. Don Jozef Luscoň SDB will say the homily. There is an opportunity for priests to concelebrate: they will need to indicate their interest on the parish registration form. They need to bring their own alb and red stole.

  • Filling the sectors at Lunik IX.

    At all public events of the Apostolic Journeys of the Holy Father, it is necessary to go through security checks. For this reason, the sectors at Lunik IX will also be open from 9.00 am.

  • Program at Lunik IX.
    9:00 a.m. opening of the sectors
    11:00 a.m. celebration of Holy Mass on the side stage
    1:00 p.m. program on the side stage
    4:00 p.m. program with Pope Francis
    4:30 p.m. songs and conclusion
  • Spiritual preparation for the participants

    As part of the immediate spiritual preparation, we will join together in the novena to the Roma Blessed Martyrs Zephyrinus and Emilia.

Information for Lokomotiva stadium:

  • Celebration of Holy Mass on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Based on the many requests, the decision has been made to celebrate Holy Mass at 11:00 AM on the backfield DIRECTLY AT THE LOCOMOTIVE STADIUM. This Holy Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Dominik Duka OP, Archbishop of Prague. There is an opportunity for priests to concelebrate: they will need to indicate their interest on the parish registration form. Priests should bring their own alb; a red stole will be provided to them.

  • Opening of the stadium

    At all public events of the Apostolic Journeys of the Holy Father, it is necessary to go through security checks. For this reason, the gates of the Locomotive Stadium will be open from 8.00am

    Please plan your arrival well in advance so that you can pass through the security checks on time and without stress.

  • Filling the stadium

    Sectors in the stadium will be filled gradually (once a sector is filled, it will be closed and the next sector will be filled). Although this meeting is PRIORITELY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE aged 15-30 years, who will be directed to the grass area of the stadium, OLDER PEOPLE CAN ALSO COME AND WILL BE DIRECTED TO THE SECTORS AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE STADIUM, TO THE STADIUM SEATS. We also encourage families with children to feel free to take this opportunity to meet the Pope and receive his apostolic blessing directly.

  • Program at the stadium
    8:00 a.m. Opening of the stadium gates
    11:00 a.m. Celebration of Holy Mass (Cardinal Dominik Duka)
    12:00 a.m. Program on the main stage
    4:45 p.m. Arrival of the Holy Father, who will pass through the sectors in the popemobile
    5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Main program with the Holy Father
    6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Continuation of the accompanying program


Information Centre

kosice@navstevapapeza.sk, infoke@navstevapapeza.sk
+421 948 246 031, +421 948 246 032 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

For volunteers

dobrovolnicike@navstevapapeza.sk, +421 948 246 033 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)