Pope Francis has postponed his visit to the DRC and South Sudan due to health concerns, an official said.
The trip was scheduled for the first week of July, but the pope will now do another Make an appointment, said Matteo Bruni, director of the Press Office of the Holy See, as reported by Vatican News.
“In acceptance of the doctors’ request and in order not to cancel the results of the knee therapies still ongoing, the Holy Father sees forced, with regret, to postpone the Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan planned for July 2-7 to a new date to be determined,” said Bruni.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo should the pope visit the capital Kinshasa and Goma in the province of North Kivu. The theme of Pope Francis’ visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo was “All reconciled in Jesus Christ” and a major poster campaign was carried out in Kinshasa and North Kivu.
In Kinshasa, Pope Francis’ program included a two-hour Eucharist at Ndolo Airport, north of Kinshasa. After the capital, the pope was to fly to Goma, where he was to preside over a mass before meeting victims of violence in that part of the country.
Pope Francis’ visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo was highly anticipated What would happen has come 37 years after Pope John Paul II’s visit to Kinshasa.