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Papal Visits June 2016 – 2018

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 Armenia (24 to 26 June 2016)

President Serzh Sargsyan of Armenia extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit Armenia in 2015, which the pontiff readily accepted, expressing his sincere desire to visit the country. No date was given for the visit. It was confirmed in 2015 that the pope would visit Armenia sometime in 2016. The visit was originally believed to take place in April, but in February 2016 was reported to potentially take place in September with corresponding visits to Azerbaijan and Georgia. In March 2016, the Vatican made it clear that a potential visit to Armenia was likely to take place in the latter half of June, though was still in initial planning stages. It was announced in a press bulletin of 9 April 2016 that the pope would visit Armenia from 24 to 26 June after formally accepting the invitations extended to him.

 Poland (25 to 31 July 2016)

Pope Francis will visit Kraków, Poland on 25 to 31 July on the occasion of World Youth Day 2016. This was announced in 2013 at the end of the previous event. Kraków is the city where Saint Pope John Paul II served as the Archbishop of Kraków until his papal election and is a partial tribute to him and to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska as missionaries of mercy. The pope shall also announce the next venue for World Youth Day at the end of the event.

 Georgia and  Azerbaijan (30 September to 2 October 2016)

It was reported in early 2016 that a potential visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan could take place in September 2016 alongside a possible trip to Armenia. It was later reported that it was still in the initial planning phases and that nothing was set concretely. It was announced in a press bulletin of 9 April 2016 that the pope would visit those countries from 30 September to 2 October after receiving formal invitations from the civic authorities and Ilia II of Georgia.

 Sweden (31 October 2016)

In January 2016, sources reported that Francis would travel in October to Sweden for an ecumenical ceremony marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was later made official on 25 January 2016 that in the last week of October 2016 the pope would travel to the country for the commemoration as a one-day visit.

 Malta (2016)

President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta extended an official invitation to Pope Francis to visit Malta. The Pope did not commit himself, and no date was given for the visit. It was confirmed in 2015 that the pope would visit Malta sometime in 2016.

 Pakistan (2016)

On 23 February 2016 during a private audience, the Pope accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit the nation sometime in 2016. The visit will occur later in the year.


 Argentina,  Chile, and  Uruguay (2017)

Pope Francis will visit his nation and two neighbour countries during the bicentennial of the 1816 Argentine Declaration of Independence. The date was also selected to be after the 2015 presidential elections, to avoid interfering with it. It has been speculated that the pope could potentially canonize Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero during his visit to Argentina but this was debunked since the canonization is likely to take place in October 2016 and the visit moved either to May or June 2016; this too was debunked since President Mauricio Macri said the visit could not be slotted into the pope’s agenda and thus could take place in 2017.

 Brazil (2017)

Before he departed Brazil after W.Y.D. 2013 the pope announced that he would return to Brazil in 2017 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the appearance of the Virgin of Aparecida.

 Portugal (May 2017)

Bishop Antonio Marto announced that on 25 April 2015 the pope confirmed that he would visit Fátima in Portugal to mark the centenary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. It was also made known that the government and Portuguese Episcopal Conference extended invitations to the pope. There is the potential possibility that the pope could also canonize Francisco and Jacinta Marto, two of the three seers of Fatima.

 Colombia (2017)

Pope Francis reportedly intends to visit Colombia at the earliest possible chances. It was believed that it would occur during his 2015 Latin America tour, but it was revealed that it would occur at some other point in the future. In January 2016, it was announced a possible date set aside for a potential visit would be sometime in 2017. It was later confirmed in January 2016 that the pope would indeed visit Colombia in 2017.

 Indonesia (July/August 2017)

In August 2015, when he received Cardinal Pietro Parolin at his office, Indonesias minister of religious affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin invited Pope Francis to Indonesia to discuss various issues related to peace and inter-faith dialog. In February 2016, an Indonesian official said that Pope Francis will attend the Asian Youth Day in Yogyakarta, organised by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Semarang. The official, Indonesian ambassador to Vatican Antonius Agus Sriyono, said that, “Pope Francis plans to visit Indonesia in July 2017, coinciding with the Asian Youth Day when Indonesia serves as the host. However, the Vatican has not released any official confirmation.


 Czech Republic (2018)

President Miloš Zeman extended a visit to the pope who accepted to visit for an ecumenical meeting with leaders of the Orthodox Church. The president stated that the visit would occur in 2018.

 France (2018)

The Vatican announced that an official papal visit to France would take place where the pope would travel to Paris and to Lourdes. It was believed it would take place in 2015 but will in fact be placed on hold until 2018.

 Romania (2018

In May 2015, the President of Romania Klaus Iohannis invited the pope to visit the nation to which the pope agreed to; a date must be decided upon. The visit shall most likely take place in 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Great Union.


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