“The Pope puts off his pastoral visit to Milano”. This morning, during a press conference, the archbishop of Milan, Cardinal. Angelo Scola has informed that he had received a communication from the Secretary of State according to which, due to the intensification of commitments because of the Jubilee, the Holy Father plans to postpone his visits in Italy. Thus, his stop in Milan, already officially scheduled and announced on May 7, 2016, will be postponed to 2017.
“The word disappointment seems a bit too much to me. We think about the life the Pope leads and from what can such a choice spring – Scola has said -. It springs from desire to accommodate the pilgrims who come to Rome only for this exceptional opportunity. So, he is right to say that a pastoral visit in Italy can be put off serenely”. This postponement ‘will allow us to prepare for it better. Truth to be told, we had somewhat little time. I am not disappointed and I think my priests are not going to be so either because this is a well-motivated decision”.
Then an appeal to the journalists: “Now, please, do not do what you usually do. Do not concoct things, it is not a nice thing to do. Let us stick to the facts”. To the question about the coincidence between this postponement and the deadline, due to age limits, of his office at the Diocese of Milan, the archbishop replied: “Canon law uses a very nice formula. It says that the bishops are strongly invited to renounce it when they reach 75 years of age. I will turn 75 on November 7 next year and I will renounce my office. Afterwards, I will do what the Pope says, as a good priest should do. The Pope’s visit is the Pope’s visit, whoever is going to be bishop, will welcome him with open arms. When I retire, I will be staying in Milan – he concludes -, God forbid, not in the city, in the areas near my Lake” (Lake Como).