PANAJI: “His Holiness Pope Francis has announced his plan to visit India in 2024. I appeal to Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant to put in all possible efforts to ensure Goa is included in the itinerary of Pope Saaib. Let us all give him a Urbebhorit Yeukar. Let Goa & Goemkars be blessed,” stated Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao.
Reacting to the announcement of visiting India in 2024 by Pope Francis on his Papal Flight from Sudan to Rome, the Leader of the Opposition also posted a hashtag #PopeInGoa.
The last Papal visit to Goa of Pope John Paul- II in February 1986 is now only a distant but nostalgic memory for many Catholics and others in the State. The charismatic Pope had celebrated a public mass at the Campal Ground in Panaji. He had also stayed at the Bishop’s House during his visit to Goa, reminded Yuri Alemao.
“I was born in 1984 and could watch Pope John Paul greeting Goans in Konkani only on archived videos. Pope Francis visiting Goa will give an opportunity to Next Generation youths like me to get his blessings,” Yuri Alemao said.
“I appeal to all the Elected Representatives from Panchayats, Zilla Panchayats, Municipalities and MLAs as well as Artists, Sportspersons, Educationists, Tourism Stakeholders, Social Activists and Goans to welcome the announcement of Pope Francis and pray for his visit to Goa,” Yuri Alemao said.
“I also appeal to the Government to start preparations for the historic visit from now onwards. Let work begin today,” stated Yuri Alemao.