Pope says he wants to visit Japan next year

Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, September 12, 2018. — Reuters pic
Pope Francis waves as he arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, September 12, 2018. — Reuters pic

VATICAN CITY, Sept 12 — Pope Francis said today that he would like to make a trip to Japan next year, which would make him only the second pope to visit the country.

He expressed his desire in unprepared remarks to members of a Japanese religious association visiting the Vatican.

“I take advantage of this visit of yours to tell you of my desire to visit Japan next year. Let’s hope it can be done,” he said.

Pope John Paul visited Japan in 1981 as part of a trip to Asia. — Reuters

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