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Greg Burke: A Papal Trip to Egypt Is 'Under Study'

In Response to Press Speculation, Director of Holy See Press Issues Statement Stressing Trip and Its Dates Have Not Yet Been Confirmed

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A papal trip of Pope Francis to Egypt is currently ‘under study’ but the dates and the program are not yet defined. This was stated by director of the Holy See Press Office in a note issued on March 11, 2017.
Greg Burke makes this point precisely after speculation made by press after the Pope recently mentioned in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit that a trip to Egypt could take place.
In 2017, the Pope is to visit three cities in Italy: Milan on March 25, Carpi on April 2 and Genoa on May 27. He will be in Portugal, to visit Fatima, May 12 -13, and in Colombia, Sept.  6-11.
Among other destinations still under consideration, the Pope spoke several times of a trip to Asia, including India and Bangladesh. And during his recent visit to the Anglican Church in Rome, he expressed his wish to go to South Sudan.

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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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