VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is to embark on a visit to Colombia between Sept. 6-11, the Holy See said in a statement on Friday.
His visit will include stops in Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena.
“Accepting the invitation of the President of the Republic and the Colombian bishops, His Holiness the Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Trip to Colombia from 6 to 11 September 2017, visiting the cities of Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín and Cartagena,” said the statement.
“The program for the trip will be published shortly,” it added.
The trip will become the third time a pontiff has traveled to the South American nation, with Pope Francis following in the footsteps of Pope Paul VI, who visited in 1968, and Pope John Paul II in 1986.
Pope Francis said last July during a visit to the Polish city of Krakow for World Youth Day that he wanted to go to Colombia this year.
He had already promised to travel to the nation if the country’s government signed a peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group, which was realized on Sept. 26, 2016.
The Colombian government and FARC in November signed a second agreement after the first version was rejected by voters in a referendum on Oct. 2.
Before taking on the Vatican’s top role as Pope Francis, Jorge Mario Bergoglio went to Colombia several times in his capacity as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and as a member of the Latin American Episcopal Conference (CELAM).