By Vatican News
The plane carrying Pope Francis from Tokyo to Rome touched down at Fiumicino International Airport just after 4.15pm local time. During its journey, the plane flew over twelve countries. As is customary, the Pope sent a telegram to the Heads of those states, expressing his greetings and invoking God’s blessings on the people of those nations.
The Pope's telegrams
Departing from Tokyo, Pope Francis sent his first message to Japan’s Emperor Naruhito in which he thanked the people of Japan for their “warm welcome and generous hospitality.”
Crossing the airspace of Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, Pope Francis invoked blessings of joy and peace upon those nations.