Kinshasa, 01 December, 2022 / 9:41 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis is set to realize his postponed trip to two African countries early next year, officials of the Holy See have announced.
In a statement issued Thursday, December 1, officials of the Holy See Press office unveil the the program and itinerary of the “Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Francis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in South Sudan (Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace in South Sudan) from 31 January to 5 February 2023.”
The postponed two-African-nation pastoral trip has now been scheduled to begin in the capital city of DRC, Kinshasa and conclude in South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, where the Holy Father alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, are to preside over ecumenical prayer.
In the program published December 1, Vatican officials say the first leg of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit will see him land at Kinshasa Ndjili international airport on Tuesday, 31 January 2023 at 15h00.
After the official welcome of the Holy Father in DRC at the airport, a 15 min welcome ceremony has been scheduled to take place at the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa.