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It’s Official: Pope Francis Will Visit Japan & Thailand

This Apostolic Visit Will Mark His 32nd Pastoral Visit Outside of Italy

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It’s official: Pope Francis is going to Japan and Thailand.

According to a statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will make this Apostolic Visit, marking his 32nd Apostolic Visit outside of Italy, at the end of November.

Pope Francis’s apostolic trip to the Kingdom of Thailand and to Japan will take place from 19 to 26 November 2019.

“At the invitation of the government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the bishops of the country, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to the Kingdom of Thailand from 20 to 23 November 2019,” the declaration began.

“Accepting the invitation of the government and episcopate of Japan,” it continued, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to the country from 23 to 26 November 2019, where he will visit the cities of Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima.”

“The program of the trip will be published in due course,” it concluded.


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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': or

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