By Tereza Jeremiah Chuei
The Catholic Holy Father, Pope Francis has apologized to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the people of the Republic of South Sudan for postponing his Apostolic Visit, but said he is optimistic about his plans to reschedule the visits as soon as possible.
Pope at Angelus, while addressing the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he apologized to the authorities of the two countries, that he was to visits their Countries from 2-7 July, 2022 due to his knee and leg-related problem.
Pope continued to Expressed how much the trip means to him, adding that he is optimistic that he will visits the two African countries soon.
On Friday, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, announced the postponement of the Apostolic Journey of the Pope based on doctors’ advice.
“At the request of his doctors, and in order not to jeopardize the results of the therapy that he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan, planned for 2 to 7 July, to a later date to be determined” the Vatican news wrote.
The planned Papal Trip to the two Countries was to include two stops in the DRC – in the capital, Kinshasa, and the city of Goma – and a visit to South Sudanese, Capital City Juba.