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Pope to Mongolians: “I am glad to travel to you!”

Pope to Mongolians: “I am glad to travel to you!”

During Sunday afternoon prayer, Pope Francis recalled his trip to Mongolia, which is about to begin. On Thursday, Francis said from the window of the Apostolic Palace that he would begin “a journey of many days into the heart of Asia.”

“It is a long-awaited visit, and it gives me the opportunity to embrace a small Church, alive in faith and great in charity, to meet up close with a noble and wise people with a great religious tradition, and I offer them above all,” said the Pope, who will attend an ecumenical interreligious meeting a week later on Sunday at the Hon Theater. In Ulaanbaatar, after delivering his catechism, “in the framework of an interfaith event”.

I would now like to turn to you, dear brothers and sisters in Mongolia, to say that I am glad to travel to be a brother to all of you. I would like to thank your authorities for the kind invitation and those who are preparing to visit me with great commitment. I ask everyone to accompany this visit with prayers.

On Thursday afternoon at 6:30 p.m., the pope will become the first Catholic leader to depart on a trip to Mongolia, as he is expected to arrive at Ulaanbaatar International Airport on Friday at 4 a.m. Roman time (10 a.m. Mongolian time). Over the next few days, he will meet with the country’s small minority of Catholics, ecumenical and interreligious interlocutors, government officials, civil society representatives, and attend the inauguration of a social project.

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As usual, all papal speeches will be broadcast live by Vatican Radio, with German commentary.

(Vatican News – CS)