Pope Francis announced on Sunday that he intended to travel to Argentina in 2024, the first time he has been there since leaving for the Vatican ten years ago.
Francis stated to the Argentine daily La Nacion, “I always wanted to come back.”
If the visit takes place, he would travel a year after the general elections next October.
“Don’t link me to Argentine politics, please,” the leader of the world’s nearly 1.4 billion Roman Catholics is quoted as saying.
The Vatican was not immediately available for comment.
The pope’s homeland is battling 100% annual inflation and near 40% poverty.
Francis is the first Latin American leader of the Catholic Church. While he has not yet returned to Argentina, he has made multiple trips abroad, including Africa.