The Pope Francis Apostolic Journey to Thailand and Japan will be in the month of November, the Holy See press office announced on Friday.
The Pope’s next Apostolic Journey will see him visiting two Asian countries, the Kingdom of Thailand, from 20 to 23 November, and then Japan from 23 to 26 November, where he will visit Tokyo, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. A detailed program of the visit will be announced later, the press office said.
The motto of the first stage of the Apostolic Journey is “Disciples of Christ, Missionary Disciples”, and is a reference to an important anniversary. 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the Apostolic Vicariate of Siam, erected in 1669, according to reports.
Earlier in January this year, Pope Francis sent a message to the meeting of presidents of the Doctrinal Commissions of the Bishops’ Conferences of Asia, and a delegation of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in Bangkok.
“You are gathered in Asia, a vast and multiform continent, marked by religious, linguistic and cultural diversity”, Pope wrote.