After the Pope said he would ease travel, the Vatican confirmed a possible trip to Central Asia to meet with leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Pope Francis confirmed on Monday that the Vatican will visit Kazakhstan as planned in September to attend the Interfaith Congress in Kazakhstan’s capital, Nur-Sultan.
The travel announcement came two days after the 85-year-old pope revealed he would be easing his international schedule as he struggles with knee pain. We have had to cancel a month-long series of events. travel to africa.
“Accepting the invitation of civil and ecclesiastical authorities, Pope Francis will announce his Apostolic Itinerary to Kazakhstan from September 13-15,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.
Pope Francis has said he will attend a possible meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Patriarch Kirill justified Moscow’s war in Ukraine For spiritual and ideological reasons, we call it a “metaphysical” battle with the West.
Francis canceled a meeting with Cyril in Jerusalem scheduled for June.
Kirill congratulated Russian soldiers in battle and inspired the idea that Russians and Ukrainians are one people.
Francis and Kirill historic encounter In 2016, in Havana, Cuba, we spoke at least once over a video call since the Ukrainian invasion began.
Pope Francis returned from a six-day stay on Saturday visit to canadawhere he called the treatment of indigenous people in boarding schools in Canada “genocide.”
He admits it’s time to slow down his international travels and may have to think about retirement, but not yet.
Francis was elected in 2013 after Pope Benedict XVI became the first pope since the Middle Ages. Retireciting his declining physical and mental health.
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