By Philip Pullella
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Sunday that he expected to continue travelling despite his knee ailment, joking that “weeds never die” and adding that he hoped to go to Mongolia in September.
The trip would be the first ever by a pope to the Asian country.
During his customary conversation with reporters on his return from a foreign trip, this time from Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, the 86-year-old pope was asked about his health and travel plans.
For months, a chronic knee ailment has forced him to use a wheelchair and a cane. During recent trips, he has held the news conference on the plane while sitting, as he did on Sunday.
“On September 29 I will go to Marseille and from there I will fly to Mongolia but that is not yet certain, there is a possibility,” he said.
The day trip to the southern French city of Marseille was known about but the…