Vatican City, Dec 9, 2020 / 03:00 am
The ambassador of Kazakhstan to the Holy See has said that there are "high hopes" that Pope Francis will visit the central Asian country next year, if the coronavirus situation permits.
In an interview with EWTN Dec. 4, Alibek Bakayev said that Kazakhstan was planning to host the seventh edition of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in June 2021, and he expected that Pope Francis would attend the event.
The Vatican announced Monday that Pope Francis will travel to Iraq on March 5-8, 2021, becoming the first pope to visit the war-torn country. It will be first international papal trip in more than a year due to the pandemic.
"We have high hopes that on the pope's agenda there will be an opportunity to visit Kazakhstan," Bakayev said.