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Pope Francis may visit East Timor in 2023

Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra (L) and Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak (R) of East Timor visit the Timorense Resistance Museum Archive on September 22, 2022. (Photo supplied)

Pope Francis may visit East Timor in 2023.

That is what the Vatican Deputy Secretary of State Archbishop Edgar Pena Parra said on September 22. 

Peña Parra is in East Timor on an official visit from September 19 to 23.     

The Vatican official reiterated Pope Francis' willingness to visit Timor-Leste in 2023, a visit that was scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Holy Father has a very great desire to come to Timor-Leste. We have not yet organized the trips for next year, but Timor-Leste is one of the countries that the Pope invited, and we will see how we can organize the schedule for next year," said Peña Parra.

On September 22, Archbishop Pena Parra visited the Timorense Resistance Museum Archive-AMRT IP and the "Tais Timor-Leste" exhibition, an initiative of Timor Aid.

He also inaugurated the Apostolic Nunciature (Embassy of the Holy See) in Deli, the capital of East Timor and launched the "Center for Human Fraternity Timor-East for World Peace and Common Coexistence."

"People who believe have two pillars in life: one is faith, believing in God, which is an engine of our life, but there is another important pillar, which is action, doing good. Faith without works is dead faith," the Venezuelan archbishop told the “Lusa” Portuguese National News Agency.

In the eighth consistory of the pontificate, on August 27, the Pope created the first Timorese cardinal in history, D. Virgil of Carmo da Silva, Archbishop of Dili.

"The signs that the Holy Father has given, and especially in recent times, with the appointment of the first cardinal of Timor-Leste, are a gesture by the person, but also by the country, by the citizens," said the Deputy Secretary of State of the Vatican.

The program includes visits to the center for poor children of the Canossian Sisters of Balide, the Interdiocesan Seminary of São Pedro and São Paulo and Fatumeta, the Cemetery of Santa Cruz and the Timorean Resistance Museum Archive, as well as meetings with the Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak and President José Ramos-Horta of Timor-East. - Agency Ecclesia 


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