Pope Francis is expected to visit St. Andrews, Scotland to sign a charter against extremism in September 2016. Leaders from different religions, diplomatic and community leaders will gather to sign a 10-point declaration calling on all faiths to unite against radicalization.
Though the Vatican has yet to confirm that the pope will attend the event, it has said the trip is under consideration. It would be a one day trip with no overnight stay. Pope Francis could fly in to Scotland then return to Rome on the same day. The pope would visit Scotland in a private capacity to attend an academic event to give expose to the anti-extremism movement. It would not be a pastoral visit.
Mario Aguilar, professor of religion and politics at St. Andrews and papal biographer, invited the pope to participate in raising awareness of the charter against extremism. “My understanding is that Pope Francis is interested and has put the event on his agenda of activities. I have had an indication his visit is being considered.”
“All the world wondered…” Revelation 13:3