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(April 22, 2016) Message for U.S. Citizens: Youth Jubilee Event on April 23-24, 2016 in Rome, Italy

A Youth Jubilee event will take place on April 23 and 24, 2016 in various parts of Rome.  The police expect upwards of 60,000 participants, many who will arrive tonight and tomorrow from other parts of Italy. The event will begin April 23, 2016 at 10:00 and conclude at 22:00.

Beginning at 10:00 the participants will gather at the following three churches: San Salvatore in Lauro, Santa Maria in Vallicella e San Giovanni dei Fiorentini.

The groups will then cross the Tiber River, via Ponte Sant’Angelo and Ponte Duca D’Aosta, and travel to St. Peter’s Square.  The group will be in the area of the St. Peter’s, including inside the Basilica, for several hours.

Beginning at 18:00 the group will move on foot to the Olympic Stadium for a youth rally, scheduled to begin at 20:00 and conclude at 22:00.  A heavy police presence is expected for the entirety of the event.  Significant traffic delays should be expected in the aforementioned areas. 

On Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 10:00, the group will attend a mass with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Basilica. Participants are expected to be in the area around St. Peters Square until 18:00.  

Three maps detailing the location of the events are attached.  The first and second map (Route to St. Peters via Ponte Sant'Angelo and Route to St. Peters via Ponte Duca D'Aosta) show the location of the three churches where the participants will gather on Saturday along with expected routes to St. Peter’s.  The third map (St. Peter to Olympic Stadium) lists the route the participants will take from St. Peters to the Olympic Stadium.     

The U.S. Embassy in Rome recommends that U.S. citizens and their families exercise caution if walking or driving in the vicinity.