Pope Francis to make ambitious September trip to Asia Pacific, Vatican says

(BY CHRISTOPHER WHITE. TheNational Catholic REPORTER)

Pope Francis will embark on an ambitious 12-day trip across Asia-Pacific and Oceania in September, the Vatican announced on April 12. 

The trip, which is scheduled Sept. 2-13, will mark the longest trip abroad during Francis’ 11-year papacy and will likely test the limits of an 87-year-old pope who has endured a number of health challenges in recent years. It will mark the pope’s 45th international trip since his election in 2013. 

The four-country journey will begin in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia and home to the world’s largest Muslim population. From there, the pontiff will also visit Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore. A full schedule for the trip has yet to be released. 

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