mercoledì 1 dicembre 2021

Why Pay Attention to Pope’s Trip to Greece & Cyprus?

(Deborah Castellano Lubov, Exaudi) May 15, 2022 will be an important day in papal history, statistically speaking. If Pope Francis boards a plane after that date, he will become the oldest pope to have traveled away from Rome. Announcements made by Francis on several recent occasions suggest that this will happen, despite fears and concerns about the Pope’s health, with the Pontiff having undergone a delicate colon operation in July. Francis hopes to visit Canada, Australia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lebanon. If the importance of a papal trip depended upon the distance covered, there would be little to say about the upcoming trip, Dec. 2-6, to Cyprus and Greece. But even such a short trip contains many reasons for interest, and also difficulties. (...)