Pope Francis Plans Possible Visit to Peru Within the Year

Since 2015, rumors have circulated about plans for a Papal visit to Peru. According to Peru This Week, that visit may occur within the year. This would be the Pope’s third visit to his native South America and his first to Peru.

After a recent phone call with the Pope, Luis Liberman, Chair of Dialogue and Culture in South America, confirmed that both Peru and Chile are being considered as potential stops on the Pope’s South American tour. Colombia has already been confirmed for a 6-day visit in September, including stops in Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.

The purpose of the tour will be to wrap up several agreements in the Pacific region, including the historic peace accord between the Colombian government and the Marxist guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), and to engage and connect with youth, encouraging them to become more active in church activities.

The Pope’s 2017 travel schedule also includes visits to Portugal, Bangladesh, India, Egypt, and South Sudan. He had hoped to make a visit to Argentina in 2017 but, in a video message delivered by the Pontiff himself, he regretfully informed his compatriots that a visit to his homeland would not be on his 2017 calendar.

Since his election in March of 2013, Pope Francis has visited various countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In South America, he has visited Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

For more information and updates on Pope Francis’ potential plans to visit Peru and South America, continue to monitor Kuoda’s Peru Travel News section.