Pope Francis said that he plans to visit Mongolia after his scheduled trips to Hungary and France in the coming months.
PUBLISHED ONJul 2023
An apostolic journey to Mongolia would make Pope Francis the first pope to visit the Asian country that shares a 2,880-mile border with China, its most significant economic partner.
The first modern mission to Mongolia was in 1922 and was entrusted to the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. But under a communist government, religious expression was soon thereafter suppressed until 1992. Mongolia’s first native priest was ordained in 2016.
Last year, Pope Francis named an Italian who had served as a missionary in Mongolia for nearly 20 years as the world’s youngest cardinal. Cardinal Giorgio Marengo (in photo), 48, is the apostolic prefect of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, which serves the entire country.