Pope Francis mentioned he hopes to journey to his dwelling nation of Argentina in 2024, which might mark the primary time he would step foot in his homeland since turning into pontiff a decade in the past
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Pope Francis mentioned he hopes to journey to his native Argentina in 2024, which might mark the primary time he would step foot in his homeland since turning into pontiff a decade in the past.
“I need to go to the nation subsequent yr,” the pope mentioned in an interview with a columnist for Argentine newspaper La Nación that was printed Sunday. The 86-year-old pope didn’t present additional particulars concerning the potential journey, which has been the topic of a lot hypothesis in his homeland.
Spokespeople for the Catholic Church in Argentina and the federal government didn’t touch upon the pope’s remarks.
The timing of the go to appears deliberate to keep away from any political undertones. It could come after a brand new president can be sworn in to workplace in December following the October elections that can select the successor to President Alberto Fernández, who mentioned final week he received’t be operating.
In March, within the decade anniversary of Francis’ tenure as pope, a few of Argentina’s most outstanding political leaders from completely different political stripes known as on the pope to go to his native nation.
“Though we need and lengthy on your go to, we belief in your knowledge to say sure and finally when,” wrote the signatories, which included Fernández, Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.
In his dialog with La Nación, the pope as soon as once more known as on Argentines to not affiliate him with native politics.
In current interviews with varied media retailers, Francis said he has no need to be related to any political events within the polarized South American nation. Analysts have usually mentioned the pontiff has been suspending a go to to his homeland to ensure his presence isn’t utilized by both aspect of the political divide.
The pope has said on a number of events that in 2017, he had deliberate to go to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay, however then-Chilean President Michelle Bachelet requested him to postpone the journey till after presidential elections in November.
Pope Francis then determined to solely go to Chile and Peru and depart Argentina and neighboring Uruguay for a future date.