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JUST IN: Pope Francis to Return to Bari in February, Marking 1st Confirmed Travel of 2020

Saying Mass at ‘Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace’ Encounter

It’s official: Pope Francis will be returning to the southern Italian city of Bari this February, marking the Pontiff’s first confirmed travel outside of Rome this New Year.

According to a bulletin this afternoon with a calendar of Francis’ liturgical events in January and February, it was written that on Sunday, Feb. 23, Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass at the “Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace” encounter, taking place in Puglia’s capital in those days.

Francis has been to Bari before. ZENIT Senior Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, followed the Pope’s last trip there on the ground, where he, along with Patriarchs of the Middle East Churches gathered in an ecumenical gesture for peace.

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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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