Vatican City, 13 June, 2022 / 10:15 am (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has said he is praying to reschedule the Apostolic trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the ecumenical visit to South Sudan “as soon as possible”.
In his remarks after his Angelus reflection for pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Holy Trinity Sunday, June 12, Pope Francis expressed optimism and asked the people of God to join him in praying for the realization of the two-African-nation pastoral visit.
The Holy Father apologized to authorities of the two African nations for having to postpone the six-day 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.
“And now I would like to address the people and authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan,” Pope Francis said June 12.
He underscored the value of his third Apostolic visit to Africa saying, “Dear friends, with great regret, due to problems with my leg, I have had to postpone my visit to your countries, planned for the first days of July. I truly feel great sorrow for having had to postpone this trip, which means so much to me. I apologize for this.”