Pope plans to visit East Timor, Papua New Guinea

Pope Francis returns to Rome following his visit to Iraq in March (CNS/Alaa Al-Marjani, Reuters)

Pope Francis said he hopes to continue travelling next year, including making visits to countries in Oceania and Southeast Asia. Source: UCA News.

“I still have to pay the overdue bill for the trip to Papua New Guinea and East Timor,” the Pope told Argentine news agency Telam in an interview published on Friday.

The Pope was originally planning to visit to the two countries in 2020. However, all papal trips were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview in July with UCA News, Msgr Marco Sprizzi, an official at the apostolic nunciature in Timor-Leste, said Pope Francis told him that he hoped to visit the country in January 2022 if the situation had improved.

“The Pope told me; ‘I go, I go, I go to East Timor.’ So, I ask the people of East Timor to get vaccinated so that you can welcome the arrival of the Holy Father safely,” Msgr Sprizzi said.

In the interview with Telam, the Pope also confirmed his hope to visit Greece and Cyprus in December, before he turns 85 on December 17.

“For the moment I have in my head two trips that I have not yet set in motion, which are Congo and Hungary,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis visited Budapest in September to celebrate the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress. However, his visit lasted for only seven hours.


Pope plans to visit Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea (UCA News

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