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Pope on Foreign Trips

Vatican: Pope Francis said that though his many papal trips are often very tiring, both from a physical and mental standpoint, the people he encounters and the testimonies he hears make all of it worthwhile: said in a interview published in the Italian newspaper La Stampa on Sunday, 8 January 2017.

The interview is part of his new book on the Pope?s trips, releasing on 10 January 2017. The Italian book entitled ?In Viaggio? (On a Journey), Pope Francis speaks about his foreign visits he has undertaken since becoming Roman Pontiff. The book by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli reveals that the Pope doesn?t like travelling very much but feels the need to be with the people and ?sow seeds of hope.?

From the first surprise visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa, to his most recent trip to the Swedish cities of Lund and Malmo for a joint Lutheran Catholic commemoration of the Reformation, the Pope speaks about people he had met and the experience that had personally enriched him.

Pope Francis reiterates that he does not fear about his own safety but that he does worry about the risks facing all those who attend large papal events. The Pope thanked, in particular, the Swiss Guards and all those who accompany him on his travels, insisting that despite security concerns, he doesn?t want to stay behind barriers or travel in bullet proof cars. Trips to India and Bangladesh are also being planned for later this year.

Courtesy: Catholic News Agency


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