Vatican Announces Dates of Apostolic Trip to Latin America

Pope Francis to Visit Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay from July 6-12

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The Holy See Press Office has announced the dates of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit to South America. 

In a statement released today, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed that the Holy Father will head to three Latin American countries from July 6 – 12. 

“Welcoming the invitation of the respective heads of state and bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Visit in Ecuador July 6-8, 2015, in Bolivia, July 8-10, and Paraguay, July 10-12,” he stated. 

Pope Francis confirmed his visit to Latin America during a press conference on his return flight from Manila in January. “The three Latin American countries that are foreseen for this year are: Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay,” the Pope said to journalists.

This is the Pope’s second visit to South America. He traveled to Brazil in 2013, several months after his election, for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

Fr. Lombardi stated that the trip’s program will be published soon.

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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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