However due to security concerns Pope Paul the VI stayed only for a few hours at the Airport.Even during the 1995 visit there were security concerns for Pope John Paul II after monks had expressed outrage at his references to their faith as a kind of atheism. Pope Francis says he is considering an invitation to visit Sri Lanka next year, the Times of Israel reported.The Pope said this while speaking to journalists aboard the Papal aircraft while returning after his first foreign trip to Brazil. Pope John Paul II visited Sri Lanka in 1995 while Pope Paul the VI visited the island in 1977. The Pope traveled in a bullet proof vehicle in Colombo where he attended a state reception accorded by President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the beatification of Joseph Vaz at the Galle Face Green. (Colombo Gazette) If he makes the trip next year it will be the third visit by a Pope to Sri Lanka since 1977.