Pope Francis has a busy schedule for when he recovers from colon surgery.
At the end of July he will celebrate the first World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, which he set for Sunday near the feast of Saints Joaquín and Ana, grandparents of Jesus. This year it will be the 25th.
Shortly after, on August 4, he will resume his weekly audiences with the public, which will be added to the Angelus he has held every Sunday.
During August Francisco will prepare his second trip abroad for the pandemic. On Sunday, September 12, the International Eucharistic Congress will close in Budapest, Hungary. And that same afternoon he will begin a four-day pastoral visit to Slovakia, as he himself announced.
“I am happy to announce that between September 12 and 15, God willing, I will travel to Slovakia for a pastoral visit. The Slovaks are very happy ”.
When he met with the US special envoy for Climate, John Kerry, the Pope told him that he wants to travel to Glasgow in November, to participate in COP26, the climate summit. The bishops of Scotland have formally invited him, and it would be his first visit to the UK.
He has other papal journeys on the table. When Saad Hariri, Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon, met with the Pope, he assured that Francis confirmed that he will visit this nation when a new government is formed.
The Pope also maintains his plans to travel to Malta, as he himself told the island’s Minister of Tourism.
– “We ask you to be kind enough to visit Malta.”
– “It’s on the program! It’s on the show! “
– “The people of Malta await your visit.”
– “It’s in the program.”
Since he was elected Pope in 2013, Francis has made 33 trips outside of Italy and visited 52 countries. Even after the operation and at 84 years old, he wants to add new pastoral visits.