The Latest: Pope to meet with emperor, Abe while in Japan

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, Catholics offer prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the U

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, Catholics offer prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the U

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, a Catholic offers prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, a Catholic offers prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis holds a photo of U.S. photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell of child victims of Nagasaki bombing,

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2018, file photo, Pope Francis holds a photo of U.S. photographer Joseph Roger O'Donnell of child victims of Nagasaki bombing,

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, a Catholic offers prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2015, file photo, a Catholic offers prayers at an early morning Mass to pay respect to the victims of the atomic bombing at the

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers leave a church after a Mass in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Fra

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers leave a church after a Mass in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Fra

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers attend a Mass in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will visi

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers attend a Mass in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, Pope Francis will visi

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers pose in front of Pope Francis image outside a church in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday,

In this Sept. 8, 2019, photo, Catholic churchgoers pose in front of Pope Francis image outside a church in Bangkok, Thailand. The Vatican said Friday,

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Thailand and Japan in November (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Pope Francis will meet with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Emperor Naruhito when he visits Japan in November.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Pope Francis will visit Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki during his Nov. 23-26 visit. He said Abe invited Francis to visit Japan when he went to the Vatican in 2014.

Suga said, "We welcome the visit as a way to gain understanding of the international community about atomic bombing."

Japan has not had such a visit since St. John Paul II was the first pope to visit Japan, in 1981. Japan, where the main religions are Buddhism and Shintoism, has about 441,000 Catholics, many in Nagasaki.

Nagasaki, in southwestern Japan, is rich in the legacy of Christian missionaries dating back to the samurai era, including 26 martyrs killed in 1597.

Francis has repeatedly called for a world without nuclear weapons.

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4 p.m.

Representatives of the Roman Catholic Church in Thailand have announced the upcoming visit of Pope Francis in late November

The Vatican's diplomatic representative in Thailand, Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, announced Friday at a press conference that Francis will visit on Nov. 20-23.

The announcement, which was confirmed by the Vatican, said he will also visit Japan.

There has not been a papal visit to Thailand since the late Pope John Paul II came in 1984.

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