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Pope, Vatican finalize trip arrangements

2 January 2015 12:59 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Vatican on Friday said it was finalizing details for a trip mid-month by Pope Francis to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

A media briefing next week will set out more information about the apostolic trip by the pope to Sri Lanka from January 12 to 15 and then the Philippines from January 15 to 19.

Visiting these Asian nations signals a new interest and attention by the Church towards a "predominant portion of today's and tomorrow's humanity, both from a demographic point of view," and because of its incredible diversity, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi was quoted as saying by Vatican Radio.  (ANSA)

  Comments - 7

  • Waco Saturday, 03 January 2015 05:10 AM

    Please postpone this visit to Mid-February, because of the elections in Sri Lanka. Immediately after the election is not a good time to visit . There will be a security risk .

    Waco Saturday, 03 January 2015 05:14 AM

    In Sri Lanka the Leaders will be too busy to meet the Pope, immediately after the election.

    Ryan Saturday, 03 January 2015 01:23 PM

    hope pope Francis meeting our new president will bring peace to our motherland via DM Android App

    dcn Friday, 02 January 2015 11:11 PM

    Has the Cardinal updated Vatican abiut the present situatiin in Srilanka with electionson 8th just only 5 days before Popes visit? Many catholics are very concerned about the timing of his visit and the uncertainty that could follow.It is important atleast at this late stage the true position is informed to Vatican to avoid any unforseen unpleasentness.

    Rasheed Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:11 AM

    His Holyness Pope Francis please bless the country of sri lanka and the new president miatripala Sirisena

    Rahman Saturday, 03 January 2015 12:12 AM

    Rasheed, Exactly you are correct

    dcn Saturday, 03 January 2015 09:51 AM

    Trust the cardinal has briefed the country situation about elections on the 8th just only 5 days before Popes visit and could he assure the world catholic population of more than 1.2 million that peace and harmony will thrive during his visit?

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