A trip to Iraq is not in the cards, for the time being, as the conditions, do not permit one; however, the speculated trip to Japan, is under study.
The Director ad interim of the Vatican Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, explained this in a statement regarding these two speculated trips, today, Jan. 23, 2019, as the Pope is en route toward Panama for his 26th Apostolic Visit abroad, for the XXXIV World Youth Day.
Here is the Vatican-provided statement:
Responding to the questions of several journalists, the Director “ad interim” of the Press Office of the Holy See, Alessandro Gisotti, has affirmed:
“The Apostolic Journey