Vatican, 30 January, 2023 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis is seeking prayerful solidarity as he prepares to embark on his third Apostolic trip to sub-Saharan Africa, beginning from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) on Tuesday, January 31, and then South Sudan from Friday, February 3.
In his Angelus address from the window of the Apostolic Palace on Sunday, January 29, the Holy Father also spoke about conflicts in the two African nations he is set to visit, to realize his previously postponed trip that the Vatican confirmed on December 1.
“Dear brothers and sisters, in two days I will depart on an Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and to the Republic of South Sudan,” Pope Francis said, and added, “I ask everyone, please, to accompany this journey with their prayers.”
He also expressed his love for the people of God in DRC and South Sudan, saying, “I greet with affection those beloved peoples who await me.”
The 266th Catholic Pontiff expressed concern about protracted violent conflicts in the two African countries, which he said have subjected people to “conditions of great hardship”.