Pope ends four-day visit to Peru, returns to Rome

19:21 | Lima, Jan. 21.

Pope Francis has concluded an intense four-day visit to Peru with a major mass at Las Palmas Air Base in Lima.

The Catholic Church leader visited three cities while in the Inca country: Puerto Maldonado, Trujillo, and Lima (the capital city).

The Latam plane carrying His Holiness landed at Callao's Air Group N°8 on Thursday at 4:32 PM (local time). 

Upon arrival, he received corresponding honors and was welcomed by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, as well as wife Nancy Lange.

After that, he traveled the streets of Lima —on route to the Apostolic Nunciature— greeting crowds that cheered as the Popemobile made its appearance.

During his Friday trip to Puerto Maldonado, His Holiness carried out a series of activities involving native communities and other residents of the rainforest area.

On Saturday, he visited La Libertad region's capital, Trujillo, where he led an open-air mass at Huanchaco Beach, held an ecclesiastical meeting with religious authorities, and presided over a Marian celebration before heading back to Lima.

Sunday —the last day of his trip— included a series of activities in the Peruvian capital, such as a meeting with cloistered nuns at Las Nazarenas Church, visits to the city's Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace, as well as a Holy Mass at Las Palmas Air Base.

It must be noted this is the first time —in almost 30 years— that a Pope visits the Andean nation after Pope John Paul II's May 1988 visit.


Published: 1/21/2018