Pope Francis in the US and 36 Years of Papal Travel

Pope Francis  just finished his first Apostolic Journey to the US. It's the 7th time a pope visits the country, since the beginning of US diplomatic relationships with the Holy See. This makes the US the most visited non-EU country by the last three popes.

This resource visualizes information published by the Vatican on the Apostolic Journey by the three most Holy Fathers: John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

Which Pope Has Been Where

Page Title
Country
Duration (Days)
Pope
Country
Pope Benedict XVI to Australia - 2008Australia10Benedict XVIAustralia
Pope Benedict XVI to Austria - 2007Austria3Benedict XVIAustria
Pope Benedict XVI to Benin - 2011Benin3Benedict XVIBenin
Pope Benedict XVI to Brazil - 2007Brazil6Benedict XVIBrazil
Pope Benedict XVI to Cameroon, Angola - 2009CameroonAngola7Benedict XVICameroonAngola
Pope Benedict XVI to Croatia - 2011Croatia2Benedict XVICroatia
Pope Benedict XVI to Cyprus - 2010Cyprus3Benedict XVICyprus
Pope Benedict XVI to Czech Republic - 2008Czech Republic3Benedict XVICzech Republic
Pope Benedict XVI to France - 2008France4Benedict XVIFrance
Pope Benedict XVI to Germany - 2005Germany4Benedict XVIGermany
Pope Benedict XVI to Germany - 2006Germany6Benedict XVIGermany
Pope Benedict XVI to Germany - 2011Germany5Benedict XVIGermany
Pope Benedict XVI to Jordan, Israel, Palestine - 2009JordanIsraelPalestine8Benedict XVIJordanIsraelPalestine
Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon - 2012Lebanon3Benedict XVILebanon
Pope Benedict XVI to Malta - 2010Malta2Benedict XVIMalta
Pope Benedict XVI to Mexico, Cuba - 2012MexicoCuba7Benedict XVIMexicoCuba
Pope Benedict XVI to Poland - 2008Poland4Benedict XVIPoland
Pope Benedict XVI to Portugal - 2010Portugal4Benedict XVIPortugal
Pope Benedict XVI to Spain - 2006Spain2Benedict XVISpain
Pope Benedict XVI to Spain - 2010Spain2Benedict XVISpain
Pope Benedict XVI to Spain - 2011Spain4Benedict XVISpain
Pope Benedict XVI to Turkey - 2006Turkey4Benedict XVITurkey
Pope Benedict XVI to United Kingdom - 2010United Kingdom4Benedict XVIUnited Kingdom
Pope Benedict XVI to United States - 2008United States7Benedict XVIUnited States
Pope Francis to Albania - 2014Albania1FrancisAlbania
Pope Francis to Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2015Bosnia and Herzegovina1FrancisBosnia and Herzegovina
Pope Francis to Brazil - 2013Brazil8FrancisBrazil
Pope Francis to Cuba, United States - 2015CubaUnited States10FrancisCubaUnited States
Pope Francis to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay - 2015EcuadorBoliviaParaguay9FrancisEcuadorBoliviaParaguay
Pope Francis to France - 2014France1FrancisFrance
Pope Francis to Jordan, Palestine, Israel - 2014JordanPalestineIsrael3FrancisJordanPalestineIsrael
Pope Francis to South Korea - 2014South Korea6FrancisSouth Korea
Pope Francis to Sri Lanka, Philippines - 2015Sri LankaPhilippines8FrancisSri LankaPhilippines
Pope Francis to Turkey - 2014Turkey3FrancisTurkey
Pope John Paul II to Albania - 1993Albania1John Paul IIAlbania
Pope John Paul II to Angola, São Tomé and Príncipe - 1992AngolaSão Tomé and Príncipe7John Paul IIAngolaSão Tomé and Príncipe
Pope John Paul II to Argentina - 1982Argentina2John Paul IIArgentina
Pope John Paul II to Austria - 1983Austria4John Paul IIAustria
Pope John Paul II to Austria - 1988Austria3John Paul IIAustria
Pope John Paul II to Austria - 1998Austria5John Paul IIAustria
Pope John Paul II to Azerbaijan, Bulgaria - 2002AzerbaijanBulgaria5John Paul IIAzerbaijanBulgaria
Pope John Paul II to Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia, Seychelles - 1986BangladeshSingaporeFiji IslandsNew ZealandAustraliaSeychelles13John Paul IIBangladeshSingaporeFiji IslandsNew ZealandAustraliaSeychelles
Pope John Paul II to Belgium - 1995Belgium2John Paul IIBelgium
Pope John Paul II to Benin, Uganda, Sudan - 1993BeninUgandaSudan8John Paul IIBeninUgandaSudan
Pope John Paul II to Bosnia and Herzegovina - 1997Bosnia and Herzegovina2John Paul IIBosnia and Herzegovina
Pope John Paul II to Brazil - 1980Brazil13John Paul IIBrazil
Pope John Paul II to Brazil - 1991Brazil10John Paul IIBrazil
Pope John Paul II to Brazil - 1997Brazil4John Paul IIBrazil
Pope John Paul II to Cameroon, South Africa, Kenya - 1995CameroonSouth AfricaKenya7John Paul IICameroonSouth AfricaKenya
Pope John Paul II to Canada - 1984Canada12John Paul IICanada
Pope John Paul II to Canada, Guatemala, Mexico - 2002CanadaGuatemalaMexico11John Paul IICanadaGuatemalaMexico
Pope John Paul II to Cap-Vert, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad - 1990Cap-VertGuinea BissauMaliBurkina FasoChad8John Paul IICap-VertGuinea BissauMaliBurkina FasoChad
Pope John Paul II to Colombia - 1986Colombia7John Paul IIColombia
Pope John Paul II to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Haiti - 1983Costa RicaNicaraguaPanamaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasBelizeHaiti9John Paul IICosta RicaNicaraguaPanamaEl SalvadorGuatemalaHondurasBelizeHaiti
Pope John Paul II to Croatia - 1994Croatia2John Paul IICroatia
Pope John Paul II to Croatia - 1998Croatia3John Paul IICroatia
Pope John Paul II to Croatia - 2003Croatia5John Paul IICroatia
Pope John Paul II to Cuba - 1998Cuba6John Paul IICuba
Pope John Paul II to Czech Republic - 1997Czech Republic3John Paul IICzech Republic
Pope John Paul II to Czech Republic, Poland - 1995Czech RepublicPoland3John Paul IICzech RepublicPoland
Pope John Paul II to Czech Republic, Slovakia - 1990Czech RepublicSlovakia2John Paul IICzech RepublicSlovakia
Pope John Paul II to Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast - 1980Democratic Republic of the CongoRepublic of the CongoKenyaGhanaBurkina FasoIvory Coast11John Paul IIDemocratic Republic of the CongoRepublic of the CongoKenyaGhanaBurkina FasoIvory Coast
Pope John Paul II to Dominican Republic - 1992Dominican Republic7John Paul IIDominican Republic
Pope John Paul II to Dominican Republic, Mexico, Bahamas - 1979Dominican RepublicMexicoBahamas8John Paul IIDominican RepublicMexicoBahamas
Pope John Paul II to Egypt - 2000Egypt3John Paul IIEgypt
Pope John Paul II to France - 1980France4John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 1983France2John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 1986France4John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 1988France4John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 1996France4John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 1997France4John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to France - 2004France2John Paul IIFrance
Pope John Paul II to Germany - 1980Germany5John Paul IIGermany
Pope John Paul II to Germany - 1987Germany5John Paul IIGermany
Pope John Paul II to Germany - 1996Germany3John Paul IIGermany
Pope John Paul II to Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Venezuela - 1996GuatemalaNicaraguaEl SalvadorVenezuela8John Paul IIGuatemalaNicaraguaEl SalvadorVenezuela
Pope John Paul II to Hungary - 1996Hungary2John Paul IIHungary
Pope John Paul II to India - 1986India10John Paul IIIndia
Pope John Paul II to India, Georgia - 1999IndiaGeorgia4John Paul IIIndiaGeorgia
Pope John Paul II to Ireland - 1979Ireland3John Paul IIIreland
Pope John Paul II to Jamaica, Mexico, United States - 1993JamaicaMexicoUnited States9John Paul IIJamaicaMexicoUnited States
Pope John Paul II to Jordan, Palestine, Israel - 2000JordanPalestineIsrael7John Paul IIJordanPalestineIsrael
Pope John Paul II to Kazakhstan, Armenia - 2001KazakhstanArmenia6John Paul IIKazakhstanArmenia
Pope John Paul II to Lebanon - 1997Lebanon2John Paul IILebanon
Pope John Paul II to Liechtenstein - 1985Liechtenstein1John Paul IILiechtenstein
Pope John Paul II to Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia - 1993LithuaniaLatviaEstonia7John Paul IILithuaniaLatviaEstonia
Pope John Paul II to Madagascar, La Reunion, Zambia, Malawi - 1989MadagascarLa ReunionZambiaMalawi9John Paul IIMadagascarLa ReunionZambiaMalawi
Pope John Paul II to Malta - 1990Malta3John Paul IIMalta
Pope John Paul II to Mexico, Curaçao - 1990MexicoCuraçao9John Paul IIMexicoCuraçao
Pope John Paul II to Mexico, United States - 1999MexicoUnited States6John Paul IIMexicoUnited States
Pope John Paul II to Nigeria - 1998Nigeria3John Paul IINigeria
Pope John Paul II to Nigeria, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea - 1982NigeriaBeninGabonEquatorial Guinea8John Paul IINigeriaBeninGabonEquatorial Guinea
Pope John Paul II to Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden - 1989NorwayIcelandFinlandDenmarkSweden10John Paul IINorwayIcelandFinlandDenmarkSweden
Pope John Paul II to Pakistan, Philippines, Guam, Japan, United States - 1981PakistanPhilippinesGuamJapanUnited States12John Paul IIPakistanPhilippinesGuamJapanUnited States
Pope John Paul II to Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Sri Lanka - 1995PhilippinesPapua New GuineaAustraliaSri Lanka11John Paul IIPhilippinesPapua New GuineaAustraliaSri Lanka
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1979Poland9John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1983Poland8John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1987Poland7John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1992Poland9John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1997Poland11John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 1999Poland13John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland - 2002Poland4John Paul IIPoland
Pope John Paul II to Poland, Hungary - 1991PolandHungary8John Paul IIPolandHungary
Pope John Paul II to Portugal - 1982Portugal4John Paul IIPortugal
Pope John Paul II to Portugal - 1991Portugal4John Paul IIPortugal
Pope John Paul II to Portugal - 2000Portugal2John Paul IIPortugal
Pope John Paul II to Romania - 1999Romania3John Paul IIRomania
Pope John Paul II to Senegal, Gambia, Guinea - 1992SenegalGambiaGuinea8John Paul IISenegalGambiaGuinea
Pope John Paul II to Slovakia - 1995Slovakia4John Paul IISlovakia
Pope John Paul II to Slovakia - 2003Slovakia4John Paul IISlovakia
Pope John Paul II to Slovenia - 1996Slovenia3John Paul IISlovenia
Pope John Paul II to Slovenia - 1999Slovenia1John Paul IISlovenia
Pope John Paul II to South Korea, Indonesia, Mauritius - 1989South KoreaIndonesiaMauritius11John Paul IISouth KoreaIndonesiaMauritius
Pope John Paul II to South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Thailand - 1984South KoreaPapua New GuineaSolomon IslandsThailand10John Paul IISouth KoreaPapua New GuineaSolomon IslandsThailand
Pope John Paul II to Spain - 1982Spain10John Paul IISpain
Pope John Paul II to Spain - 1989Spain3John Paul IISpain
Pope John Paul II to Spain - 1993Spain6John Paul IISpain
Pope John Paul II to Spain - 2003Spain2John Paul IISpain
Pope John Paul II to Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico - 1984SpainDominican RepublicPuerto Rico3John Paul IISpainDominican RepublicPuerto Rico
Pope John Paul II to Switzerland - 1982Switzerland1John Paul IISwitzerland
Pope John Paul II to Switzerland - 1984Switzerland7John Paul IISwitzerland
Pope John Paul II to Switzerland - 2004Switzerland2John Paul IISwitzerland
Pope John Paul II to Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Ivory Coast - 1990TanzaniaBurundiRwandaIvory Coast10John Paul IITanzaniaBurundiRwandaIvory Coast
Pope John Paul II to The Netherlands - 1985The Netherlands11John Paul IIThe Netherlands
Pope John Paul II to Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Morocco - 1985TogoIvory CoastCameroonCentral African RepublicDemocratic Republic of the CongoKenyaMorocco12John Paul IITogoIvory CoastCameroonCentral African RepublicDemocratic Republic of the CongoKenyaMorocco
Pope John Paul II to Tunisia - 1996Tunisia1John Paul IITunisia
Pope John Paul II to Turkey - 1979Turkey3John Paul IITurkey
Pope John Paul II to Ukraine - 2001Ukraine5John Paul IIUkraine
Pope John Paul II to United Kingdom - 1982United Kingdom6John Paul IIUnited Kingdom
Pope John Paul II to United States - 1995United States6John Paul IIUnited States
Pope John Paul II to United States, Canada - 1987United StatesCanada11John Paul IIUnited StatesCanada
Pope John Paul II to Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay - 1988UruguayBoliviaPeruParaguay13John Paul IIUruguayBoliviaPeruParaguay
Pope John Paul II to Uruguay, Chile, Argentina - 1987UruguayChileArgentina13John Paul IIUruguayChileArgentina
Pope John Paul II to Venezuela, Ecuador, Perù, Trinidad-Tobago - 1985VenezuelaEcuadorPerùTrinidad-Tobago11John Paul IIVenezuelaEcuadorPerùTrinidad-Tobago
Pope John Paul II to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique - 1988ZimbabweBotswanaLesothoSwazilandMozambique10John Paul IIZimbabweBotswanaLesothoSwazilandMozambique


Pope Francis' visit to the US brings to 7 the total of papal visits to the country. With this trip, the USA have surpassed Mexico as the most visited Non-European country by the last three popes. In fact, since 1978, only Poland, France and Spain have received more visits than the USA.

Top Countries for Number of Papal Visits (1978 - 2015)


Of the last three Popes, Francis is the one who spent relatively more days outside of Italy. Of his 61 days on Apostolic Journeys, 82% have been spent abroad. This is slightly more than that of John Paul II, who had toured Non-Italian destinations for 79% of his total 776 days of travel.




Time in office of Pope Francis has been calculated on the 25th of September.

So far, Francis has taken on average 7.9 trips per year (including those in Italy); more than both John Paul II and Benedict XVI. His trips, however have been on average shorter than those of John Paul II. The latter had spent travelling about 8% of his time in office, while Pope Francis stopped at 6.6%.

Jonh Paul II had an extraordinarily long Pontificate: 9,658 days, against the 926 of Benedict XVI and the (so far) 2,870 of Pope Francis. It is no surprise that he visited most country than the other two: 128, against the 25 of Benedict XVI and the 17 of Pope Francis.

Duration (Days) of Travels datacards


Travels datacards with Yes as Outside Italy? grouped by Country


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