#UK Ain't that a kick in the head! #UKnews

#UK Ain’t that a kick in the head! #UKnews

#UK Ain’t that a kick in the head! #UKnews

Pope FrancisĀ seems to be getting a boot in his face from a guard, in an optical phantasm brought on by the angle of the picture, as he kicked apart issues over his ailing well being.

Pope has his first go to to Muslim-majority Kazakhstan, the place he was greeted with an brisk navy welcome at the former Soviet Republic’s presidential palace.Ā 

The Argentine pope, who’s compelled by knee ache to make use of a wheelchair and has admitted he should decelerate or think about retirement, will participate in an inter-religious summit in the capital, Nur-Sultan.

His aircraft landed shortly after 5:15 pm (1115 GMT), and the 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev earlier than addressing the authorities and the diplomatic corps.

Pope Francis appears to be getting kicked in his face from a guard as he kicked aside concerns over his ailing health

Pope Francis seems to be getting kicked in his face from a guard as he kicked apart issues over his ailing well being

#UK Ain't that a kick in the head! #UKnews

The 85-year-old pontiff was greeted by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev earlier than addressing the authorities and the diplomatic corps

Pope, who is forced by knee pain to use a wheelchair and has admitted he must slow down or consider retirement, will take part in an inter-religious summit in the capital, Nur-Sultan

Pope, who’s compelled by knee ache to make use of a wheelchair and has admitted he should decelerate or think about retirement, will participate in an inter-religious summit in the capital, Nur-Sultan

Greeting Francis, Tokayev mentioned the go to was a ‘nice honour’.

Francis mentioned Sunday that the thirty eighth journey overseas since his election in 2013 could be ‘a chance… to (have a) dialogue as brothers, animated by the frequent want for peace, peace that our world is thirsty for’.

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill, a shut ally of President Vladimir Putin, was initially anticipated however has pulled out of the September 14-15 occasion, dashing hopes of a assembly with Francis over the Ukraine battle.

While the pope has referred to as for peace and denounced a ‘merciless and mindless conflict’, Kirill has defended Putin’s ‘navy operation’ and the struggle in opposition to Russia’s ‘exterior and inner enemies’.

About 100 delegations from 50 international locations are anticipated to participate in the occasion in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic that gained independence in 1991.

‘Dialogue, a coming collectively, the seek for peace between completely different spiritual and cultural worlds are at the coronary heart of this journey,’ Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned Monday.

Tokayev, 69, is an ally of Russia, although there have been tensions between the two international locations since Moscow launched the invasion in February.

He has refused to help the conflict and the presence of a massive Russian group in the north of Kazakhstan has sparked fears of a revival of Moscow’s imperial ambitions in the space.

Kazakhstan borders different former Soviet republics, in addition to China and the Caspian Sea.

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Tokayev, 69, is an ally of Russia, although there have been tensions between the two international locations since Moscow launched the invasion in February

Pope Francis, on a wheelchair, is helped to board a plane to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Pope Francis, on a wheelchair, is helped to board a aircraft to Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan

Francis said Sunday that the 38th trip abroad since his election in 2013 would be 'an opportunity... to (have a) dialogue as brothers, animated by the common desire for peace, peace that our world is thirsty for'

Francis mentioned Sunday that the thirty eighth journey overseas since his election in 2013 could be ‘a chance… to (have a) dialogue as brothers, animated by the frequent want for peace, peace that our world is thirsty for’

Lyudmila, a 74-year-old pensioner who declined to present her final identify, mentioned she hoped the papal go to would encourage individuals round the world to study extra about Kazakhstan.

‘Maybe it should increase the profile of our nation, that such a nice non secular determine is visiting us,’ she informed AFP.

On Wednesday, Francis will deal with the opening of the plenary session of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, earlier than celebrating a mass in the afternoon and winding up his journey Thursday by assembly Catholic leaders.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will likely be in the nation at the identical time as Francis at a time when the Vatican is hoping to resume a historic accord appointing bishops in China.

Asked by journalists throughout the flight about a doable assembly with Xi, Francis mentioned he had ‘no info’ about any doable talks.

He added, nonetheless, that he was ‘all the time able to go to China’.

Energy-rich Kazakhstan has 19 million inhabitants, 70 % of whom are Sunni Muslims, whereas 26 % are Christians – primarily Russian Orthodox. Less than one % are Catholic.

Tokayev started a sequence of reforms after his election in 2019, however the nation was rocked by protests over gasoline costs earlier this 12 months that left greater than 200 individuals useless and shattered its picture of stability.

Francis is the second pope to go to Kazakhstan after John Paul II’s journey in September 2001.

He mentioned final week that docs had forbidden him from travelling to Ukraine or Moscow for now, as he recovers from a knee drawback that has compelled him to cancel quite a few occasions at the Vatican.

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