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Pope departs for Mexico

Pope Departs for Apostolic Visit in Colombia

Francis Visited Santa Maria Maggiore on Eve of His Apostolic Visit

Pope Francis has departed from Rome and is headed toward Latin America.

This morning, the papal flight, Alitalia A330, carrying the Pope, his entourage and journalists, took off from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.

The Holy Father’s visit to Colombia marks his 20th international Apostolic Trip and his fifth journey to Latin America.

As is customary, the Pope sent telegrams to the Heads of States of the countries he flew over.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

Pope’s Program in Colombia: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/06/23/programme_of_pope_francis_apostolic_journey_to_colombia/1321057

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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