BEALS STORE, Calif.
— The Vatican on Thursday announced Pope Francis will preside over a papal convocation ceremony that will be attended by President Donald Trump, who will be replaced by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and two other top church officials.
The ceremony will take place at the Vatican on Feb. 13.
It is the first time that the Vatican has announced an appointment for a president, the Vatican said.
“We are happy to announce that the President of the Holy See, Pope Francis, will presides over the convocation of the first pontificate of Pope Francis,” the Vatican tweeted.
The announcement of the convolution of the Pope’s pontificate comes amid a series of controversies at the church. “
As with previous convocations, the Pope will take part in the reception and the public celebration of the relics of the martyrs of Christ and the saints of our Lord.”
The announcement of the convolution of the Pope’s pontificate comes amid a series of controversies at the church.
The Vatican has repeatedly denounced U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s criticism of the pope for not addressing sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the U.K. and elsewhere, and its public support for a Catholic university in the United States.
The U.N. has said the Vatican, a Roman Catholic Church, is in violation of human rights because of its refusal to address the crisis of sexual abuse and cover up it.
It has also faced criticism over the timing of the Vatican’s announcement of a convocation, which occurred just days before Pope Francis’ expected trip to the U, a Catholic country.
On Thursday, a spokesman for the Vatican told CNN that Francis would not be visiting the United Kingdom, where he is scheduled to make a major trip this month to meet with leaders and bishops.
The spokesman said the pope would visit a U.A.E. refugee camp in Calais, France, that has seen a dramatic increase in sexual assaults.
Francis said the sexual assaults are a “threat to the stability of the international community,” and he has called for an international investigation into the phenomenon.
U.B.C. Anglican Church president Rev. Tim Maitland said the U.-U.S.-U.-K.
relations have “somewhat frayed” under Trump’s presidency.
“What we’re seeing right now, I think, is that we’re going to be able to see some cracks and some fractures in this relationship,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.
“It’s really a reflection of the new reality of the president, who doesn’t have a good relationship with the U of A. I think it’s very worrying and I think people are really concerned about that.”
The Vatican’s news conference comes just days after Trump said he would not attend the convoking of the next Pope, after the two men had a falling out.
“He should go ahead and go ahead of me,” Trump said of Pope John Paul II, the popes predecessor, when asked by reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.
“I have very little respect for the pontiff,” Trump added.
“Why would I go to the pope?
He’s a terrible person.”
relationship is the third of its kind at the pope’s hands, following that of the late Pope John XXIII and the current pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.
In December, Benedict issued a statement condemning sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic church and saying the church needed to “change its ways of thinking.”
The pope has repeatedly called for reform in the church, and he issued an encyclical in 2015 calling for the ordination of women as priests.
He has also made a name for himself as a conservative critic of the Obama administration.
The pope was not expected to address a range of social issues in his convocation speech, including the United Nations’ refugee crisis and the plight of women and children in countries that have taken in more refugees than any other in the world.
He will be joined by Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the U-Buddhist Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith and a key figure in the reform of the Roman Curia, the church’s top governing body.
“This convocation will not only be a welcome and welcome moment for the Church, but also for the Pope himself and the people of the world,” Burke said in a statement.
“His humility and humility of spirit will be of enormous value for the entire Church and for the world.”
The Pope’s remarks will come amid a broader discussion about the pope in the public eye, as he faces growing pressure to step down in light of allegations of sexual misconduct.
The accusations against Trump have triggered a storm of criticism from some conservatives and the Democratic Party, including former vice presidential candidate and Hillary Clinton surrogate Joe Biden, who said on Thursday