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Argentina: Footsteps of Pope Francis


About His Holiness Pope Francis: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became known as Pope Francis on March 13, 2013, chosen in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. A humble man, who over the course of his life denied himself the luxuries that many around him enjoyed. He showed his humility in so many ways to the faithful of Argentina. “Before I bless you, I ask that you would pray to the Lord to bless me” would be his request to the people of Argentina.


housewife, who had neither formal education nor knowledge of the Bible or theology, was visited by the Blessed Mother daily for over 6 years. She also received 68 messages from Jesus Christ. Numerous healings have been documented at this site. A guided tour of the site and partake in the celebration of Mass. After dinner, return to Buenos Aires. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: BUENOS AIRES (THE THEOLOGIAN YEARS) After breakfast, we head to Maximo of San Miguel College where Pope Francis studied and later taught philosophy and theology. As a rector, he sheltered those who were “on the run” from the military dictatorship. We make our way to the Seminary Chapel, also the former living quarters of Pope Francis. Meet Mario, a Jesuit Brother and close friend of Pope Francis. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


Ruins of San Ignacio, Argentina


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: DEPART FOR ARGENTINA Departure for your overnight flight to Argentina.


DAY 2: ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES (CITY TOUR) Arrival at Buenos aires airport and meet your Homeric Tours representative and transfer to your hotel. After, begin your city tour with a visit of the symbol of the city, the Obelisk monument built in 1936 in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of the city. Enjoy the Spanish-inspired squares such as: Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, and Plaza Congreso. Visit the historic neighborhoods like San Telmo and La Boca and Lezama and Tres de Febrero Parks. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 3: BUENOS AIRES / FLORES (THE EARLY LIFE OF POPE FRANCIS)


After breakfast, onto Flores, the birthplace of Pope Francis. Continue to Our Lady of Mercy Church where he was baptized, and the adjoining school, St. Joseph’s, where he received his first communion and attended primary school. Celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: BUENOS AIRES / SANTA SUSANA (SAN NICOLAS OF ROSARIO)


Today we head to the city of Rosario. Visit San Nicolas, a famous Marian site. Here an ordinary


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DAY 6: BUENOS AIRES / TIGRE (PARANA DELTA BY WATER)


Following breakfast, enjoy a boat ride up north to visit San Isidro Cathedral, built in 1706 by French architects, and opened by the city founder, Captain Domingo de Acassuso. Return to your hotel in time for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 7: BUENOS AIRES (THE EARLY LIFE OF A CARDINAL)


Travel to the Church of the Immigrant. Stop in the slums where Pope Francis worked and sought social justice for the poor. Upon arriving at the Church, we visit Father Juan, former secretary to Pope Francis giving us insight into the social pro- grams implemented by the Holy Father while he was a Cardinal in Buenos Aires. Retrace his journey on the city’s public transport system, where he regularly held Mass and Blessings. Attend Mass for the poor at Consitutentes Train Station. Return for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: BUENOS AIRES / COLONIA (DAY TRIP TO URUGUAY)


Cruise over the River Plate to the historic town of Colonia, founded in 1680 and a World Heritage Site and a UNESCO’s protected property. Colonia is the only Portuguese settlement along the Rio de la Plata. View its most historical sites including Calle de los Suspiros “Street of the sighs” with the his- torical city gate and walls and the ancient Church of the Sacred Saint, the oldest church in Uruguay. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


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11 Days / 9 Nights, Buenos Aires, Flores, Santa Susana (or Rosario), Tigre, Colonia (Uruguay) / Lujan


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES: • Round-trip air: USA – Buenos Aires – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels • 9 Nights of hotel accommodation


• Breakfast and dinner daily at hotel or local restaurants


• Lunch daily except upon arrival and departure • Tango Lessons • Boat ride to Tigre Delta and to Colonia (Urugay) • 9 Day of sightseeing tours • Mass and spiritual activities daily • Gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff • Wireless headsets where needed • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


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DAY 9: BUENOS AIRES / LUJAN (THE FOLLOWING OF CARDINAL BERGOGLIO)


Today visit Lujan Cathedral, built in honor of the Virgin of Lujan, the patron saint of Argentina. Six million pilgrims traveled there each year to be blessed by Pope Francis. Also visit and dine with the Benedictine monks of the Cono-Sur Congrega- tion who reside at Abadia de San Benito on the outer skirts of Lujan. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10: BUENOS AIRES (LIFE BEFORE A HOLY FATHER)


Today visit the life of Cardinal Bergoglio before his elevation to Pope Francis. Visit the City Cathedral where he celebrated Mass and lived nearby. It is here that Pope Francis described his outreach: “Instead of being a Church that welcomes and receives, we try to be a Church that comes out of itself and goes to the men and women.” Afterwards, visit the Casa Rosada. the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 11: USA Following breakfast depart for the airport for our return flight home. (B)


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