This autumn, the holiest living person in the Roman Catholic Church will be just a bible’s throw away from Copenhagen.
Pope Francis has decided to extend his much-anticipated planned visit to Sweden on October 31 by an extra day to also include holding mass in Malmö.
Pope Francis was was already scheduled to visit Lund in southern Sweden to take part in the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, but now he’ll also spend November 1 across the Øresund Bridge.
First time since 1989
It is yet unknown where the mass will be held. The Catholic Church in Sweden has only stated it will be in “an area in Malmö”.
It will be the first time for 27 years that a pope has paid a visit to Scandinavia. Pope John Paul II visited Denmark, Sweden and Norway in 1989.
The visit will bring with it heightened security, which the Swedish police will be in charge of in collaboration with the Swedish intelligence agency Säpo and the pope’s own bodyguards.