'I Am Happy to Announce the Pope Will Visit Our Home in 2019,' Madagascar's Cardinal Desire Tsarahazana Tells ZENIT

Cardinal Says Visit ‘Will Be an Encouragement for the Whole World’

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«I am happy to announce the Pope will visit Madagascar in 2019.»
Madagascar’s Cardinal Désiré Tsarahazana told ZENIT this when asking what matters to the young people of his country and whether a potential papal visit in 2019 could be part of this.
«We, ourselves, the episcopal conference, went to the Pope to ask him to come to Madagascar,» he said in French.
«We are happy to announce to you that he [the Pope] will visit our home in 2019.»
«It will be an encouragement for the whole world.»
At this time, the Vatican would not confirm the trip.

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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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