Pope Francis to Visit Kazakhstan for Interfaith Conference in September

The Vatican confirmed on Monday that Pope Francis would visit Kazakhstan in September to attend an interfaith conference in the capital Nur-Sultan. 

“Accepting the invitation of the civil and ecclesial authorities, Pope Francis will make the announced Apostolic Journey to Kazakhstan from 13-15 September this year, visiting the city of Nur-Sultan on the occasion of the VII Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions,” Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni said

According to reports, Pope Francis mentioned in April the possibility of a September visit during a video conversation with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. 

In May, Pope Francis said Kazakhstan was a reliable partner of the Vatican in Central Asia as the country played a significant role in promoting interfaith harmony and interreligious dialogue. 

Reports said Pope Francis and Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi discussed including an exploration of “the role of religious leaders in the spiritual and social development of humankind in the post-pandemic period” in the conference agenda. 

The announcement of the Pope’s trip came two days after the pontiff talked about easing his international schedule due to knee pain, which forced Pope Francis to cancel a series of commitments in recent months, including a visit to Africa. 

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