The Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan for an ecumenical peace pilgrimage from January 31 to February 5, 2023, journeys postponed in the past due to health reasons.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Jakarta, located right across from Jakarta’s largest mosque, the Istiqlal mosque symbolizes fraternity and religious diversity that inspires visitors to Central Jakarta and promotes interreligious dialogue in the Muslim-majority country.
Pope Francis reiterated his concern over the war in Ukraine three times during the weekly General Audience, calling for disarmament and appealing for dialogue. He also highlighted the many forgotten wars wreaking death and destruction across the globe.
As Pope Francis prepares to visit Bahrain on 3-6 November, Bishop Paul Hinder stated that the visit serves to maintain and deepen the interfaith dialogue with Muslims and give encouragement to Catholics who live in this special situation.
Pope Francis releases his prayer intention for November, inviting everyone to pray for the millions of children who are suffering around the world, especially for those who are homeless, orphans, and victims of war.
Pope Francis expresses his sorrow for the over 150 people killed at a Halloween street party in Seoul, South Korea’s capital, as the country’s Catholic Bishops call for a thorough investigation into the causes.
As Pope Francis prepares to depart for Bahrain on 3-6 November, the Director of the Holy See Press Office offers an overview of the Pope’s 39th Apostolic Journey abroad, which aims to strengthen interreligious dialogue and encourage local Catholics.