The Pope’s secretary of state has announced that during the Jubilee of Mercy, which began this week and extends through November 2016, the Holy Father will not make pastoral visits within Italy. This is due to the intensification of activities during the jubilee, including a monthly audience to be held on Saturdays.
A visit to Milan was already on the schedule for May 7, but that has been postponed. This was confirmed by Cardinal Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan. The visit will be posponed for 2017.