Pope’s Visit to Mongolia Underscores the ‘Periphery in His Heart’

When Pope Francis visited Mongolia Aug. 31-Sept. 1, representing one of the church’s smallest and most remote communities, it showcased his repeated love of the peripheries and served as an opportunity to introduce the Catholic Church and its works to a place still largely unfamiliar with Christianity. 

Mongolia Trip Captures Pope’s Passion for the Peripheries

While Pope Francis is in Mongolia Aug. 31-Sept. 4, not only will the geopolitical undertones of the visit be on full display, but so will his affinity for the global and ecclesial peripheries, as he meets one of the Catholic Church’s smallest flocks.

Catholicism’s Own ‘Genghis Khan’ Makes Historic First Trip to Mongolia

Temüjin, a fearsome general and emperor of the Mongols, is better known to history by his title “Genghis Khan,” which roughly translates as “universal leader.” In the 13th and 14th centuries, he formed the largest empire the world has ever known by uniting all Mongol tribes under his rule.

Mongolia’s Cardinal Says Papal Visit Shows Love of the Peripheries

In a video series published ahead of Pope Francis’ Aug. 31-Sept. 4 visit to Mongolia, Cardinal Giorgio Marengo said the papal trip showcases the pope’s love of the peripheries and allows the voice of one of the Church’s smallest flocks to be heard.