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Pope admits he does not enjoy travel

September 30, 2016

In a brief exchange with reporters who accompanied him on a September 30 flight to Tbilisi, Georgia, Pope Francis dropped a broad hint that he is not fond of travel.

"This is going to be a brief visit, thank God," the Pope said. "In three days we will be going home."

Pope Francis has frequently said in the past that he prefers to remain "at home." During his tenure as Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he was known for traveling to Rome infrequently, and hurrying back to Argentina at his first opportunity.

The Pope did not speak with reporters at length during the trip to Georgia. He is expected to hold a more extensive question-and-answer session during the return trip. He did, however, offer a public welcome to Greg Burke, the new director of the Vatican press office, who is making his first foreign trip in that capacity.


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