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‘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’

“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.

About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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