Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Sunday 26 June |
Saint of the Day: St. Iosephus Ma Taishun
Aleteia logo
Church
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Pope Francis won’t travel until there’s a Covid vaccine

WEB2-Antoine-Mekary-ALETEIA-AM_1810-e1599029682655.jpg

Antoine Mekary | ALETEIA

I.Media for Aleteia - published on 09/02/20

According to reports, the pope is not expected to leave Italy in 2020 or 2021.

Pope Francis is not expected to leave Italy in 2020, nor in 2021, the Italian daily La Repubblica reported on August 31. The coronavirus pandemic is said to have led the Holy See to postpone all apostolic visits until a reliable vaccine is found.

The pope’s last trip within Italy took place in Bari on February 23, while the last international trip was to Thailand and Japan from November 19 to 26, 2019. A trip to Malta was planned for May 31, 2020, but was cancelled.

No trip has been scheduled for the rest of 2020 and the situation is expected to be the same for the whole year 2021.

The appointment of the person responsible for the organization of apostolic journeys, Bishop Maurizio Rueda, to the Nunciature of Portugal reinforces this hypothesis, especially since he has not yet been replaced.

The World Meeting of Families and World Youth Day have been postponed to 2022 and 2023 – and that if the world health situation allows it.

World Youth Day was scheduled for August of 2022, in Lisbon, Portugal. It is now planned for August of 2023.

The World Meeting of Families was scheduled for June of 2021 in Rome. It is now planned for June of 2022.

At the end of 2021, therefore, it will have been two years since the Holy See has organized a papal visit. The last time there’s been such a long pause was between the pontificates of Paul VI and John Paul II.

Tags:
CoronavirusPope Francis
Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

jour1_V2.gif
Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries


Top 10
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.