□ 32 laypeople and 9 bishops from the Bishops' Conference at the airport for welcoming ceremony
◦ The very first 'laypeople' the Holy Father will see in Korea
Pope Francis is arriving in Korea at 10:30 AM on the 14th of August (Thursday) via Alitalia. Catholics of all ages and gender as well as laypeople in need of consolation and healing are included in the crowd that will be welcoming the Pope. There are total 32 laypeople who will be welcoming the pope; Flower child (2) and their guardian (2), middle school and high school student (4), youth from JeunesseOuvriereChretienne (2), representatives of the elderly (2), catechumen (2) wanting to be baptized before marriage (2), bereaved families of the victims of the Saewol ferry tragedy (4), North Korean defector (2), emigrant workers from the Philippines and Bolivia (2), Hemil which is a group of families of the victims of crime victims (2), physically challenged people (2 including the caretaker), predecessor of the martyrs to be beatified (2), foreign missionary (2), representative monk (2).
◦ Nine bishops from the Bishops' Conference welcome the Pope, the President of Korea also participates
Along with the 32 laypeople, representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea will greet the Pope. Nine bishops including H.E. Msgr. Peter Kang U-il, President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (Head of the Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit and Bishop of Jeju), Bishop James Ji-seok Kim, Vice President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (Bishop of Wonju diocese), Cardinal Andrew YeomSoo-jung, Bishop of the Seoul Archdiocese and acting bishop of the Pyongyang diocese), Bishop Gabriel Bong-hun Chang, Bishop of Cheongju diocese, Bishop Lazzaro Yu Hong-sik, Bishop of Daejeon diocese and host of the Asian Youth Day will participate. Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio and Deputy President will join as well and father Jhon Chong Che-cheon from the Society of Jesus will accompany the Holy Father and help with guide and interpretation. According to the Blue House, President Park Geun-Hye and Yun Byung-se, Minister of Foreign Affairs will be greeting the Pope at the airport today.
◦ Arrive at the airport in Seoul at 10:30 AM
The welcoming ceremony starts at the airport in Seoul when the plane arrives at the airport at 10:30 AM. Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Apostolic Nuncio and Deputy President, Protocol, the Blue House will welcome the Holy Father with in-flight greetings. Then, the Holy Father will descend from the plane to exchange greetings with the President of Korea, 32 laypeople and the college of bishops. Flowers will be presented to the Holy father followed by national musical performances and the lining-up of honor guards. The Holy Father and the entourage will go to the Apostolic Nunciature in Korea via motorcade at 10:45 AM. The entourage consists of 28 people. Bishop Peter Kang U-il, Cardinal Andrew YeomSoo-jung, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Bishop Basil Cho Kyu-man, father Jhon Chong Che-cheon will be accompanying the Pope throughout his schedules in Korea.
□ Courtesy visit of the Blue House
Pope Francis will pay a courtesy visit to the Blue House at 4:45 PM. When the welcoming ceremony such as protocol parade is over, summit meeting will be held. Following the welcome speech by the Korean President, the Holy Father will give a reply speech. Twenty people of the entourage including Cardinal PietroParolin, The Vatical Secretary of State, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, Bishop Kang U-il, Cardinal YeomSoo-jung, Korean officials and head of organizations, diplomatic mission, etc. will join the event.
□ Meeting with the Korean College of Bishops
The first event in Pope Francis's schedule is 'Meeting with bishops from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (CBCK) at the CBCK in Junggok-dong, Seoul at 5:30 PM. After receiving a warm welcome from the staff of CBCK, the Pope will go up to a small chapel on the 7th floor and pray with resident fathers of the Bishops' Conference, monks, nuns, missionaries of the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Korea. After prayer, the Phope will exchange greetings with the resident fathers of the Bishops' Conference and nuns, fathers of Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers Korea, and moves to the hall on the 4th floor to meet the Korean Bishops' Conference. On behalf of the Bishops' Conference, H.E. Msgr. Peter Kang U-il, President of Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea (Head of the Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit and Bishop of Jeju) will give his gratitude greeting, and in response, the Pope will give a speech in Italian to Korean bishops. The Holy Father will greet them each and wrap up the meeting at 6:30 PM. The Pope will travel to the Apostolic Nunciature in Korea via motorcade.