Pope Francis of Rome will visit South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) early next year, the Vatican through uncovered news said on Thursday, after a scheduled trip to both countries in July was cancelled because of health problems the pope had.
Vatican spoke to uncovered news through a phone call saying “Pope Francis will visit DRC from January 31 to February 3 and then spend two days in South Sudan alongside the archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland
He had to call off the twin trip in July because of a persistent knee problem, which has left him having to often use a wheelchair.
The Vatican statement said Francis would go to the DRC capital, Kinshasa, but made no mention of a visit to Goma, which is in the restive eastern region and was on the original schedule for the July trip.
After DRC, the pope will fly to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. He had wanted to visit Christian South Sudan for years but each time planning for a trip began it had to be postponed because of the instability and his health issues.
South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Civil war erupted in 2013 in which more than450,000 people were killed and although the two main sides signed a peace deal in 2018.
Here at uncovered news lets wish Pope Francis a peaceful journey in the early 2023
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