- Jul 23, 2021
Pope Francis’ September trip to Hungary and Slovakia features a jam-packed schedule that shows he has no intention of slowing down despite his recent recovery from colon surgery.
On Monday the communications platform of the Scottish bishops all but confirmed Pope Francis’s visit for a climate summit in November, yet the pace of his travels will likely slow down as he recovers from last week’s colon surgery.
The prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Clergy said that while a papal visit to North Korea seems very unlikely, it could be just the outside intervention needed to overcome the stalemate dividing the Korean Peninsula.
Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he’ll go to Slovakia in September, adding a three-day visit to that European nation after a pilgrimage to neighboring Hungary.
Earlier this week Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a private phone call with Pope Francis, during which he pressed for papal trip, appealing to the Catholic Church’s “moral authority.”
The day Pope Francis announced his intention to travel to Budapest, Hungary, in September for the closing Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress, the country went back on a COVID-19 lockdown, that included banning all public gatherings.
Even though Pope Francis has left Iraq, there have been several significant developments in the country that observers are already crediting to the papal visit.
Pope Francis will travel to Hungary’s capital in September where he will participate in the closing Mass of a multiday, international Catholic gathering, according to the cardinal of Hungary’s Catholic Church.