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Pope Francis to visit Japan in Nov., 1st papal visit in 40 yrs

Pope Francis boards an airplane on his way to Panama, at Rome's Fiumicino international airport, on Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Kyodo) -- Pope Francis said Wednesday he will visit Japan in November, making him the first pontiff to visit the country since John Paul II nearly 40 years ago.

The pope has earlier expressed his desire to visit Japan, including the atomic-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, around the end of this year.

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