Kinshasa, 29 May, 2022 / 9:04 pm (ACI Africa).
Officials of the Holy See Press have unveiled the program and itinerary of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and what they have described an “Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People”.
The two-African-nation pastoral trip has been scheduled to begin in the capital city of DRC, Kinshasa on July 2, and conclude on July 7 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, Jim Wallace, are to preside over ecumenical prayer
In the program published Saturday, May 28, Vatican officials say the first leg of Pope Francis’ 37th Apostolic Visit abroad will see him land at Kinshasa Ndjili international airport on July 2 at 16h00.
After the official welcome of the Holy Father in DRC at the airport, a 15min welcome ceremony has been scheduled to take place at the "Palais de la Nation" in Kinshasa.
The program further indicates that the Holy Father will proceed to the Presidential Suite of the "Palais de la Nation" where a courtesy visit to President Félix Tshisekedi has been scheduled.