By Deborah Castellano Lubov

It’s official: Pope Francis is going to Japan and Thailand.

According to a statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will make this Apostolic Visit, marking his 32nd Apostolic Visit outside of Italy, at the end of November.

Pope Francis’s apostolic trip to the Kingdom of Thailand and to Japan will take place from 19 to 26 November 2019.

“At the invitation of the government of the Kingdom of Thailand and the bishops of the country, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to the Kingdom of Thailand from 20 to 23 November 2019,” the declaration began.

“Accepting the invitation of the government and episcopate of Japan,” it continued, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to the country from 23 to 26 November 2019, where he will visit the cities of Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima.”

“The program of the trip will be published in due course,” it concluded.

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