Vatican City, 10 June, 2022 / 4:09 pm (ACI Africa).
The Apostolic trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the ecumenical visit to South Sudan that Pope Francis had scheduled in July has been postponed, the Vatican has announced in a statement.
In the Friday, June 10 statement, the Holy See Press Office Director, Matteo Bruni, says that the postponement has been “at the request of his doctors” and that the trip will take place at a date that is yet to be determined.
“At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan,” the Vatican spokesman says.
The two-African-nation pastoral trip that had 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, will be moved “to a later date to be determined,” Mr. Bruni adds.
Officials of the Holy See had unveiled the itinerary of Pope Francis’ third trip to Africa last month.