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A sneak peek of 2020 in the Vatican


After one of the busiest years of his pontificate, Pope Francis will kick off 2020 with another intense schedule.

Pope Francis is preparing an apostolic exhortation to explain the takeaways of the Amazon synod.

It is very likely that the new apostolic constitution, titled “Preach the Gospel,” regarding the reform of the Vatican Curia, will be published in the first half of the year.

In March he will make his fourth visit to Assisi. That's where he has called together great economists and young people from around the world for the “Economy of Francesco” summit. The conference will be held from March 26 to 28. It will study the economy the pope calls for in his world messages.

On May 14, Pope Francis will participate in a world event in the Vatican with the goal of rebuilding the global educational pact. It will seek to delve into the formation of young people, overcome divisions and reflect upon caring for the planet.

On May 17, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass for the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Paul II, the pope who made him bishop and later, cardinal. Although John Paul II was born on May 18, the Polish bishops moved the celebration to Sunday to allow more people to attend.

The pope's trips will also be a surprise. He wants to go where no other pope has been, like Iraq and Montenegro. The most anticipated destination however, is South Sudan, where Pope Francis might go in March with the Primate of the Anglican Church.

In addition, he is looking into possible trips to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translation: Claudia Torres