- Feb 18, 2020
Pope Francis opened his Nov. 20-23 trip to Thailand by denouncing the exploitation of women and children, urging a welcoming stance to migrants, and promising that the Catholic Church is ready to help build a just and inclusive society.
Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984.
It’s fitting that Pope Francis will start his first official visit to Japan in Nagasaki, the city where Christianity first took hold in the country and where nearly 500 years later it remains steeped in blood-soaked symbolism, both religious and political.
Cyprus’s president says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the east Mediterranean island nation next year.
When Pope Francis celebrates Mass in a Bangkok sports stadium Nov. 21, tens of thousands of Catholics from across Thailand will be there to celebrate with him.
After spending most of October at the Vatican working with the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon and dedicating the first two weeks of November to “ad limina” visits with bishops from the United States, Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in late November.