Pope Francis prepares the intense agenda for his upcoming trips
Pope Francis has made less trips than usual in 2017, but there are still several months left and there could be surprises. The next international trip will be in September to Colombia. However, before the end of the year, the pope may also travel to India and Bangladesh.
He expressed his desire to visit South Sudan, but the country's dire situation has made it impossible.
In January 2018, he will travel to Chile and Peru, and in August he will most likely travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.
In January 2019, Pope Francis confirmed in person that the pope will also be at World Youth Day in Panama.
"The pope is going to go, me or another, but the pope is going to go."But how we wish it were you."
During his four year pontificate, thus far the pope has made 19 international trips, visiting 28 countries in total.


Pope prays for the victims of natural catastrophes and wars during the Angelus
Pope Francis prayed the Angelus from the window of his study in the Apostolic Palace for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Many of the traveling pilgrims happened to be in St. Peter's Square by chance when the pope started praying. Others were prepared and waved their banners to catch Pope Francis' attention.
The pope said God uses humble people to do great things, with the example of the Blessed Virgin. He explained the power of humility and made a petition to the pilgrims in the square.
"The Lord does great things in the world with those who are humble, because humility is like a void that leaves room for God. A humble person is powerful because he is humble, not because he is strong. This is the greatness of those who are humble and of humility. I would like to ask you all, and also ask myself – but do not answer out loud: each person respond in your heart – How is my humility?"
On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the pope assured the faithful that she gives to the world the greatest gift: Jesus, who already lives in her.
"Bringing Jesus, the Blessed Mother also brings to us a new joy, one full of meaning. She brings us a new capacity to pass through the most painful and difficult moments with faith. She brings us the capacity be merciful, to forgive, to understand others, to support each other."
He further explained that the Blessed Mother is Jesus' first disciple and a model of virtue and faith. Therefore, the pope wants to entrust to her protection all the people who suffer the most.
"To Mary, Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in the glory of Paradise, I would like to entrust to her, once again, the anguishes and pains of the people who, in so many parts of the world, suffer from natural disasters, social tensions and conflicts. Heavenly Mother, obtain consolation for all of us and a future of serenity and concord."

Finally, Pope Francis also asked the Blessed Mother for help, so that all Christians may have a strong, joyful and merciful faith like hers.

A Prayer Found In Chester Cathedral

Give me a good digestion, Lord,
And also something to digest:
Give me a healthy body, Lord,
With sense to keep it at its best.
Give me a healthy mind, good Lord,
To keep the good and pure in sight;
Which, seeing sin, is not appalled,
But finds a way to set it right.
Give me a mind that is not bored,
That does not whimper, whine or sigh;
Don’t let me worry overmuch
About the fussy thing called “I”.
Give me a sense of humor, Lord,
Give me the grace to see a joke;
To get some happiness from life,
And pass it on to other folks.

Music: God So Loved The World
This page updated August, 2017