Vatican confirms dates for Pope’s second trip to Asia

Vatican confirms dates for Pope’s second trip to Asia

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Vatican has confirmed the dates for Pope Francis' second trip to Asia, a weeklong visit Jan 12-19 to Sri Lanka and the Philippines, according to the Associated Press.

Francis had already announced his intention to visit Sri Lanka and meet with victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which killed some 6,300 people, left another 1,060 missing and devastated parts of the central Philippines last year.

The Vatican press office said Tuesday, July 29, that Francis would visit Sri Lanka Jan. 12-15, and spend the remainder of the trip in the Philippines. The full program will be released later.

Francis will become the first pope in nearly two decades to visit the Far East when he travels to South Korea Aug 14-18. He has said he wants to visit Asia since Pope Benedict XVI never got there.

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