Pope Francis adds Slovakia to his planned trip to Hungary in September

Photo: AP Faithful listen to Pope Francis during the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio at St.Peter's Square, 4 July, 2021.

Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he'll go to Slovakia in September, adding a three-day visit to that European nation after a pilgrimage to neighboring Hungary, AP reported. It was already known that Francis planned to be in Budapest, Hungary’s capital, to celebrate Mass on 12 Septеmber at the end of a religious congress there.

Francis told the public in St. Peter’s Square that he was happy to announce that, “God willing,” he’ll travel later that day to Slovakia, staying until 15 September.

The Vatican said that while in Slovakia, Francis will visit the capital, Bratislava, as well as Presov, Kosice and Sastin.

Slovakia's foreign minister, Ivan Korcok, said the trip is a “great honor for Slovakia.” The nation's president, Zuzana Caputova, invited the pope when she visited the Vatican in December.

"I believe that the presence of Pope Francis will be for all of us a message of reconciliation and hope in these difficult times,” Caputova said. The last papal visit to the country was made in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

Some hours later on Sunday the pontiff had an intestinal surgery, Vatican announced. Doctors said he responded well to the procedure, which was performed under general anaesthetic.

 

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