VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will travel to Colombia
in September and, the Vatican announced, he will return to South America in
January for a visit to Chile and Peru.
The pope will be in Chile Jan. 15-18, visiting the cities of
Santiago, Temuco and Iquique, the Vatican press office announced June 19. He then
will fly to Peru and from Jan. 18-21, he will visit Lima, Puerto Maldonado and
The Vatican had announced in March that the pope would make
a pastoral trip to Colombia Sept. 6-11.
No mention was made of a possible trip to the pope’s
homeland, Argentina. He has not returned to the country since he was elected
pope in March 2013.
The Peru-Chile trip would be his fourth to South America. In
July 2013, he visited Brazil for World Youth Day. In July 2015, he traveled to
Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. The September trip to Colombia would be his
third to the continent.
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