Pope Francis to go to Southeast Asia for 45th Apostolic Journey

  VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is set to travel to four countries in South-East Asia for his 45th Apostolic Journey, the Holy See has said.

  The pontiff will go on his 45th iverseas pastoral visit at the beginning of September on a trip lasting less than two weeks, visiting Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Timore Leste, and Singapore. In a full schedule released by the Vatican, the 87 year old will depart from Rome on Sept 2, landing in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. On Sept 6., Francis will then spend three days in Papa New Guinea, before flying to Dili in Timore Leste. From 11 to 13 Sept., the pope will spend the final days of his trip in Singapore, from where he will then depart back to Rome.

  The Holy See’s schedule details meetings with presidents, prime ministers, and governors of the countries, as well as religious figures including bishops, priests, and deacons. The pope is also expected to meet with local children and young people in schools, as well as  a home for the elderly.