Vatican confirms no pope at 7th Asian Youth Day
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Indonesia voices disappointment as pontiff will 'almost certainly' visit India instead
From left: Father Antonius Haryanto, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission for Youth; Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmojo of Jakarta, chairman of the bishops’ conference; Bishop Pius Riana Prapdi, chairman of the bishops’ youth commission; and Father Heribertus Budi Purwantoro, coordinator of the Asian Youth Day organising committee. (ucanews.com photo)
The Indonesian Bishops' Conference has confirmed that Pope Francis will not attend the upcoming 7th Asian Youth Day to be hosted by Semarang Archdiocese in Central Java province.
Instead, Pope Francis plans to visit Bangladesh and India.
The pope shared his plan in October 2016 at a press conference aboard the papal flight back to Rome after a weekend visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, scuppering hopes for an Indonesia sojourn. He said he would "almost certainly" visit Bangladesh and India but did not specify a date.
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