VATICAN: Pope To Visit Democratic Republic Of Congo And South Sudan
Pope Francis will be traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan in July, having accepted invitations from the Heads of States and Bishops. The Pope will therefore be visiting Kinshasa and Goma in DRC from 2 to 5 July, before traveling to Juba, in South Sudan, from 5 to 7 July 2022
PUBLISHED ONMay 2022
Pope Francis has often expressed his closeness to the people of the DRC, victims of violence, health issues, and political instability. South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, having gained its independence in 2011. Since 2013 however, the country has seen war as warring parties fought for power. In April 2019, the Pope invited South Sudan’s leaders to the Vatican for an Easter summit, stunning onlookers when he knelt down and kissed their feet in a humble plea for peace.