The Holy See confirms Pope Francis’ trip to Kazakhstan

Vatican, 01 August. 22 / 10:57 a.m. (ACI).- “Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities, Pope Francis will make the announced apostolic journey to Kazakhstan from September 13 to 15 of this year, visiting the city of Nursultan, on the occasion of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions”, informed today (1st) the director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni.

Kazakhstan has been offered as a possible country that could serve as a neutral location for a new meeting between Pope Francis and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.

As reported by local press in April 2022, the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, announced this possible papal visit after a video call with Francis.

During the press conference on the return flight from Canada to Rome, the pope replied about possible trips to Kazakhstan and Ukraine: “I said that I would like to go to Ukraine. Now let’s see what I find when I get home. In Kazakhstan right now I would like to go, it’s a quiet trip, without much movement, it’s a congress of religions”.

“I have all the good will, but let’s see what the leg says,” said Francois on Saturday (30).

Pope Francis postponed a visit to Africa this year for health reasons, during which he would travel to the cities of Kinshasa and Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, from July 2-5 and Juba, capital of South Sudan. , July 5-7. .July.

Francis then traveled to Canada July 24-30, where he visited the cities of Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, where he met with members of Canadian Indigenous groups, survivors of residential school abuse .

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