Pope Francis has arrived in Rome at the conclusion of his 32nd Apostolic Journey abroad that took him to Thailand and Japan. During the flight from Tokyo to Rome, he sent messages to the Heads of those States flown over along the route, praying for the peace and prosperity of their respective nations.
The plane flew over twelve countries. As is customary, the Pope sent a telegram to the Heads of those states, expressing his greetings and invoking God’s blessings on the people of those nations.
Departing from Tokyo, Pope Francis sent his first message to Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in which he thanked the people of Japan for their “warm welcome and generous hospitality.” Crossing the airspace of Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, Pope Francis invoked blessings of joy and peace upon those nations.