Rome Newsroom, Oct 19, 2022 / 07:10 am
The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis will pay a private visit to his relatives in northern Italy next month.
The pope will travel to the Italian town of Asti, outside of Turin, on Nov. 19 to celebrate the 90th birthday of his cousin, according to Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni.
Following the private meeting with family members, the pope will stay overnight in the Piedmont region to offer a public Mass in the Asti Cathedral for the Solemnity of Christ the King on Nov. 20.
The weekend visit will bring the 85-year-old pope back to the Italian diocese where his father, Mario Josè Bergoglio, lived before emigrating from Italy to Argentina in 1929. The pope’s maternal grandparents also immigrated to Argentina from northern Italy.