Pope may visit Asia in 2015; South Korea, PH sent invitations | Global News

Pope may visit Asia in 2015; South Korea, PH sent invitations

/ 07:58 AM January 23, 2014

Pope Francis: Possible trip to Asia in 2015. AP FILE PHOTO

VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis may visit South Korea next summer as part of a possible trip to Asia, a Vatican spokesman said Wednesday.

“I can confirm that a trip to South Korea is being considered. The pope has been invited by the authorities there,” spokesman Federico Lombardi said, adding that the trip “could take place towards mid-August, but not this year.”


Francis has already tipped Asia as a possible destination, because his predecessor Benedict XVI did not travel there during his eight-year pontificate and evangelisation in the continent is a big priority for the Vatican.


“A trip to Asia is under consideration but nothing is yet fixed or certain,” fellow Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini said, without specifying what other stops Francis could make on the voyage.

There have been reports of invitations for Francis to visit the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

The only upcoming confirmed trip on Francis’s program is a three-day visit to the Middle East in May, where he will travel to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

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