Pope Francis to visit Africa Jan-Feb - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Pope Francis to visit Africa Jan-Feb

The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis will visit the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan in January 31–February 5, 2023, according to the Vatican.

The visit, which was originally scheduled to take place in the beginning of July 2022, was postponed by the Vatican owing to problems with the Pope’s knee.

The 85-year-old Pope apologised in June for having to put off the trip, and vowed to reschedule it “as soon as possible,” a report by the Catholic News Agency says.

Francis will spend the first leg of the trip, January 31–February 3, in the Congolese city of Kinshasa before visiting the South Sudanese capital, Juba, February 3–5.

Meanwhile, an updated schedule released by the Vatican December 1 showed that the Pope no longer plans to visit the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which was part of the original trip schedule, the report says.

The trip’s logo and motto were unveiled in March, 2022.

The Pontiff’s visit to South Sudan will be a “pilgrimage of peace” and will take place together with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.

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