Kinshasa, 04 March, 2022 / 9:58 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) say they have received with “great joy” the news of the planned pastoral visit of Pope Francis to their respective countries.
On Thursday, March 3, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced that the Holy Father plans to visit two African nations in his July 2-7 trip that is to begin in DRC, and conclude in South Sudan.
“The National Episcopal Conference of Congo (CENCO) welcomes with great joy the announcement of the apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), our country, where he will visit the cities of Kinshasa and Goma from 2 to 5 July 2022,” Catholic Bishops in the Central African nation say in their statement dated March 3.
The July Papal trip, CENCO members add, “will be the Holy Father's third apostolic visit to our country, 37 years after those of 1980 and 1985 by Pope John Paul II.”
“The importance of such a visit is evident in that the Pope is coming to strengthen the faith of the Catholic faithful in the DRC and to rekindle the hope of the Congolese people who need peace, security and happiness,” Catholic Bishops in DRC say.