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Pope Francis will embark on the longest journey yet. It is known which countries he will visit

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Pope Francis accepted the invitation of state and church authorities and will take part in the 43rd apostolic journey abroad. From September 2 to 13, the Holy Father will visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore.

The Pope will visit the countries of Southeast Asia

According to information provided by Vatican News, the Pope will start with a visit to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesiawhich he will travel to on September 2 and leave on September 6.

Then – from September 6 to 9 – the Holy Father will visit Port Moresby. On September 9-11 it will appear in the capital of East Timor – Dili. The last stop will be Singaporewhere it will remain from September 11-13.

Press office of the Holy See announced that Pope Francis' detailed travel plan will be announced soon. As the portal reminds, the head of the church spoke about his desire to visit this part of the world in December 2023. At the beginning of this year, in an interview with the Italian daily “La Stampa” confirmed that he would visit Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea.

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Vatican: Problems with the health of Pope Francis

Plans Pope Francis appear at a time when the media has been reporting information about health condition. On Palm Sunday, the Holy Father he did not deliver the homily and his voice was clearly weakened. As they pointed out, the last time the pope did not deliver a sermon in person was 19 years ago.

O Pope Francis' breathing problems first reported in mid-March 2023, after the general audience he felt bad and was taken to hospital. As it turned out, he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Then he spent three days under the care of doctors. A few months later in November – the pope had acute bronchitis, and a few weeks later the flu.

Despite reports of health problems, the pope made an unexpected appearance on Thursday visited one of the Roman parishes, where he met with children preparing for their first communion. During the meeting The 87-year-old pope used a wheelchair.

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