The Vatican has released the Pope's travel plans for his trip to Mexico. The tour is centred around his opening the Latin American Bishops' conference at Puebla next Friday.
Pope John Paul will spend one day in the Dominican Republic on January 25 and will celebrate Mass with the local bishops in Santo Domingo and meet the Republic's president and diplomatic corps.
The next day he will fly by Aeronaves de Mexico DC-10 to Mexico City.
The Pope will celebrate Mass in Mexico City's Metropolitan Cathedral, and meet Mexico's president before travelling by car to Puebla, 84 miles south of the capital. He will open the bishops' conference and attend the first session before returning to Mexico City in the evening.
He will use the Mexican presidential plane to fly to the city of Oaxaca, where he is to meet representatives of local Indian groups and the local clergy. On January 30, the Pope will fly to Guadalajara and celebrate Mass in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Zapopane.
A meeting with some 8,000 Catholic university students at Lasalle University, Mexico City is timetabled for January 31 before the Pope leaves for Rome. He is due for a jet stop-over possibly in Haiti on the return journey.