Pope Francis will visit Thailand and Japan in November in a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honour the small Catholic
The Vatican confirmed the trip to Asia from November 19-26.
Francis will be in Thailand on November 20-23 before heading to Japan.
There has not been a papal visit to Thailand since the late Pope John Paul II arrived in 1984.
Francis's Japanese visit will include Tokyo as well as Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were hit by US atomic bombs at the end of the Second World War.
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