Rumor Has It: Pope Francis May Visit Colombia; September Trip Once Peace is Fully ‘Armored’ (S)
Once again rumors have been circulating of an impending Colombia visit by Pope Francis. The Italian newspaper La Stampa published a note announcing that the pontiff would visit Colombia between September and October 2017.
Andrea Tornielli quotes Vatican sources as saying that the Pope’s trip to Colombia is again being discussed “with a hypothetical date after the summer.” A few weeks ago, it was speculated in the nation’s religious and political circles that the long-awaited papal visit could take place during the first half of this year. “When the peace agreement is armored by the referendum and is recognized by the international community, I will go to Colombia to teach about peace,” said Francisco on September 26, 2016.
It took several months for the Italian media to again discuss this possibility, this time it happens during the second semester. El Tiempo