The Pope affirms that “he is always willing to travel to China”


The Pope has affirmed that “he is always willing to travel to China” during the greetings he has made to the journalists on the flight that took him from Rome to Nursultan, the capital of Kazakhstan, where he has arrived this Tuesday and will remain until Thursday to participate in the Congress of Leaders of world and traditional religions.

Francisco, who will coincide in the country with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, although at the moment there is no meeting forecast between the two, has once again shown his desire to visit China.

Francisco landed minutes earlier than expected, at 1:45 p.m. (Spanish time) at Nur-Sultan International Airport (Kazakhstan), where the official reception took place. As usual, the journalists who accompany him on the plane have presented him with some gifts.

For example, Valentina Alazraki, a journalist for the Mexican channel Televisa and dean of the Vaticanists, has given him a sculpture of a white dove, a symbol of peace, made by the United Mexican Movement for Peace. The Spanish Eva Fernández, from Cadena Cope, for her part, has sent her a ‘capulana’, a kind of pareo, the symbol of the women of Mozambique, made by the Comboni Missionaries, the congregation to which the woman belonged. nun Maria de Coppi, recently murdered in this African country.

After a six and a half hour flight, which departed at 07:15 from Rome’s Fiumicino airport, the Pontiff is already in the city, where the welcome ceremony will take place at the Presidential Palace, the courtesy visit to the president of the Republic, Kasim-Yomart Tokaev, and the meeting with the authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps in the Qazaq Concert Hall, where the Pope will deliver his first speech. After this act, he will rest.

The Pontiff will share a few words on Wednesday at the opening session of the VII Congress of World and Traditional Religions, in the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, after the prayer that he will perform together with the religious leaders. Later, he will hold a private meeting with some religious leaders. Later, he will go to the Expo square, where the Holy Mass will take place.

On the last day of his trip, Thursday, Francis will hold the usual private meeting with members of the Society of Jesus at the Apostolic Nunciature, which will later be shared by the director of La Civiltà Cattolica, Antonio Spadaro. Later, the meeting with bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated persons, seminarians and pastorals will take place in the Cathedral of the Mother of God of Perpetual Help, at which time the Pope will address a few words.

After this meeting, he will go to the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation, where the reading of the final Declaration and conclusion of the Congress will take place, with the anticipation that Francisco will make a speech. After concluding the Congress, he will return to Rome, where he is scheduled to arrive around 8:30 p.m.

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