Pope to Visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in January 2015

Fr. Lombardi Also Announces Briefing on Upcoming South Korea Visit to Be Held Thursday

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The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka and the Philippines in the middle of January.

In an unannounced briefing in the Vatican Press Office this afternoon, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced the Pope will be making the Apostolic visit from Jan. 12–19, 2015.   

«Accepting the invitation from the civil authorities and the Episcopate,» Fr. Lombardi said, the Holy Father will first visit Sri Lanka, Jan. 12-15, and then the Philippines, Jan. 15-19.

Though its details and logistics are still being determined, the Vatican spokesman said, “the program will be published shortly.”

Turning to the Pope’s August apostolic trip, Fr. Lombardi announced that a briefing will be held Thursday Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the Holy See Press Office to inform journalists of the program for the Pope’s visit to South Korea, Aug. 13-18, which will mark his third international pilgrimage.

The Pontiff is visiting South Korea for the occasion of the 6th World Youth Day in Asia as well as for the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs. 

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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