By Linda Bordoni
Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to the Persian Gulf island country of Bahrain from 3 to 6 November 2022.
A statement released by the Director of the Holy See Press Office on Wednesday said the Pope had accepted the invitation of the country’s civil and ecclesial authorities and that during his Apostolic Journey he will visit the cities of Manama and Awali “on the occasion of the Bahrain Forum for Dialogue: East and West for Human Coexistence.”
The programme and further details of the Journey will be published at a later date.
Pope Francis will be the first Pope to visit Bahrain.
2014 meeting between Pope and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
Pope Francis received in audience in the Vatican, the King of Bahrain, His Majesty Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on 19 May 2014.
The King subsequently met with the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin and the former Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti.
According to a Holy See Press Office statement, cordial discussions between the Bahraini King and the Pope focused on various themes of common interest, “with particular reference to the commitment towards peace and stability in the Middle East, as well as the promotion of dialogue and peaceful co-existence among all members of society.”
Mention was also made of the Christian community’s positive contribution to the country, and “appreciation was expressed for His Majesty’s personal interest in the needs of the local Catholic community.”