AP POPE SOUTH AMERICA ADVISORY

EDITORS:

Pope Francis will begin a weeklong tour of three South American countries on Sunday, July 5, when he arrives in Ecuador at 3 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT; 20:00 GMT)). He will travel to Bolivia on Wednesday, July 8, and to Paraguay on Friday, July 10. He is scheduled to return to Rome on Sunday, July 12.

The Associated Press plans comprehensive spot and enterprise coverage for text, photos and video.

For text, there will be daily coverage stemming from developments:

—Main story to be slugged BC-LT--Pope-South America.

—Running update of short developments will move as BC-LT--Pope-The Latest.

—Sidebars will move as coverage merits.

Photos and video will staff major events and file spot.

MOVING IN ADVANCE OF POPE'S ARRIVAL:

POPE-THE POOR-PHOTO GALLERY: ASUNCION, Paraguay — The visit by Pope Francis, who has put aiding the poor at the center of his church's mission, is raising hopes for many of the Roman Catholic faithful in the slum known as Banado Norte whose lives of abject poverty will get a rare moment in the spotlight. SENT 730 words and photo package on July 1.

POPE-VATICAN-SOUTH AMERICA: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is taking his "church for the poor" to three of South America's poorest and most peripheral countries, making a grueling, week-long trip that will showcase the pope at his unpredictable best: speaking his native Spanish on his home turf about issues closest to his heart. SENT 900 words on July 2.

POPE-ENVIRONMENT: AGUARAGUA NATIONAL PARK, Bolivia — Pope Francis is expected to raise concerns about the environmental costs of development next week when he meets with Bolivian President Evo Morales and his counterpart in Ecuador, Rafael Correa, on the first two stops of a three-country tour. Francis' weeklong trip follows the June release of a landmark encyclical demanding dramatic measures to halt climate change and stop the spread of "debris, desolation and filth." UPCOMING 930 words and photos on July 4.

PLANNED COVERAGE:

POPE-SOUTH AMERICA: QUITO, Ecuador — Spot set-up story to move ahead of Pope Francis' arrival, to be led with developments throughout the day. UPCOMING words and photos on July 5.

POPE-VIRGIN OF CAACUPE: CAACUPE, Paraguay — Long before this small city outside Paraguay's capital came to be, an indigenous farmer named Jose is said to have prayed to the Virgin Mary when he was being chased by men who wanted to kill him for converting to Christianity. Locals believe Mary appeared and made Jose invisible — the first "miracle" in Caacupe, which would become the religious center of this poor nation. UPCOMING 600 words and photos to move on Thursday, July 9.

POPE-ECUADOR-INDIGENOUS-PHOTO GALLERY: QUITO, Ecuador — A photo gallery of indigenous celebrations that mix traditional and Catholic rituals. Move date TBD.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Below is a selection of highlights of the papal visit that the AP expects to be included in its main coverage. All times are local (Ecuador: GMT-5; Bolivia and Paraguay GMT-4)

SUNDAY, JULY 5

3 p.m. Pope Francis arrives at Quito's international airport. Welcoming ceremony on the tarmac.

MONDAY, JULY 6

Morning visit to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

7 p.m. meeting with President Rafael Correa at the presidential palace.

Address during evening visit to the Cathedral of Quito.

TUESDAY, JULY 7

10:30 a.m. Mass with papal homily.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8

9:30 a.m. Visit to senior citizens' home.

Noon Departure to La Paz, Bolivia.

4:15 p.m. (GMT-4) Pope Francis arrives at La Paz's international airport; welcoming ceremony and papal speech.

Francis travels by motorcade, with stop at site where a Jesuit priest was killed in 1981.

7 p.m. Papal address at the Cathedral of La Paz.

8 p.m. Francis departs for Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

THURSDAY, JULY 9

10 a.m. Homily during Mass in Christ the Redeemer square in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

FRIDAY, JULY 10

9:30 a.m. Papal speech during visit to the Palmasola prison.

12:45 p.m. Farewell ceremony at airport prior to departure to Asuncion, Paraguay.

3 p.m. Arrival at international airport in Asuncion. Welcoming ceremony.

6 p.m. Visit to presidential palace.

SATURDAY, JULY 11

8:30 a.m. Visit to pediatric hospital.

10:30 Holy Mass at the Marian Shrine of Caacupe.

6:15 p.m. Evening prayer service at Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption.

SUNDAY, JULY 12

8:15 a.m. Visit with residents of the Banado Norte slum near Asuncion.

5 p.m. Meeting with young people at the Costanera boardwalk.

7 p.m. Departure for Rome.

The AP.