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Pope plans September visit to Kazakhstan for world religious congress

April 12, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis plans to visit Kazakhstan in September, to take part in the 7th Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

The congress, which takes place every three years, was begun by Kazakhstan’s former President Nursultan Nazarbaev in 2003. Past meetings have been devoted to interfaith cooperation to promote peace and fight terrorism. The 2022 event is devoted to the role of religious leaders in leading recovery from the pandemic.

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reported that the Pontiff indicated that he hopes to make the trip, during a video conversation on April 11.

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  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Apr. 13, 2022 2:52 PM ET USA

    Pope Francis has gotten fully on board with the man-made climate change thing. Why then is he burning tons of jet fuel to travel thousands of miles for a conference? Surely a video link would allow him to communicate with other conferees almost as well. Or is it only we peasants who need to substitute Zoom calls for travel and in-person work? At best, the optics are terrible.