For the Media

Dear journalists,

His Holiness Pope Francis will be making a one-day visit to Estonia on Tuesday 25 September 2018. Pope Francis is primarily visiting small nations who have suffered a great deal in their history, which is why he has also chosen to visit and support the Baltic States. His Holiness Pope Francis visit is also tied to the Baltic states 100. anniversary.His Holiness will be visiting Vilnius and Kaunas in Lithuania on 22 & 23 September and Rīga and Aglona in Latvia on 24 September before arriving in Tallinn on 25 September. Pope Francis will end his visit here and then return to the Vatican.

Here is some information ahead of Pope Francis’s visit to Estonia:

1. From where do I get my press pass? 

You can collect your pass from the press centre of the Roman Catholic Church at Vene street 18 from 22- 25 September. Please bring a valid ID.

The opening hours of the press centre are the following:

Saturday, 22 September 10:00-20:00
Sunday, 23 September 10:00-20:00
Monday, 24 September 09:00-20:00
Tuesday, 25 September 08:00-20:00
Wednesday, 26 September 09.00:12:00

2. At what time should I be there for the events?

 POOL 1: 9:50 Arrival at the Lennart Meri Tallinn airport (press podium will be located on the second floor, outside.) Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 9.15

POOL 2: 10:15 Welcome ceremony in front of the Office of the President of Estonia in Kadriorg. Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 9.30, you are asked to pass a security check (bring identification and press cards). The ceremony takes place outside, dress accordingly.

POOL 3: 11:00 Reception in the President’s Rose Garden in Kadriorg. Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 10:00, you are asked to pass a security check (bring identification and press cards). The reception takes place outside, dress accordingly.  

POOL 4: 11:50 The Ecumenical Youth Meeting in Kaarli Church (the Saint Charles’ Church). Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 11:15. You are asked to pass a security check (bring identification and press cards).

POOL 5: 16:30 Holy Mass in Freedom Square. Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 15:30 (to record Pope’s arrival to Freedom Square). You are asked to pass a security check (bring identification and press cards). It is possible to leave the POOL 5 area before the end of the Mass.

POOL 6:  18:45 Departure from the Lennart Meri Tallinn airport (press podium will be located on the second floor, outside). Journalists are asked to arrive no later than 18:30.

NB! Latecomers are not allowed in.

NBB! Please dress according to the occasion.

3. Where are the entrances to the events located?

  • Entrance to the events taking place at the Office of the President is located at Weizenberg street.
  • Please enter to Kaarli Church through the side entrance on the right hand side of the church.
  • Entrance to Holy Mass in Freedom Square from entrance 1 located next to the bus station.

Will there be a press briefing before the Pope’s visit? 

Yes, there will be. On Monday, 24 September, at the Hall of Pope John Paul II of the Sts. Peter and Paul Congregation (Vene street 16). Spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Church in Estonia Marge-Marie Paas, Director General of the State Protocol Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lauri Bambus, and Prefect of the North Prefecture of the Police and Border Guard Board Kristian Jaani will give an overview of the visit.

NB! The press briefing will be held in Estonian.

More information:

Spokesperson of the Roman Catholic Church in Estonia, Marge-Marie Paas, marge.paas@paavsteestis.ee, + 372 528 6326

Media Adviser, Foreign Ministry Communication Department, Liisa Toots, liisa.toots@mfa.ee, + 372 5342 4541