Pope Francis to visit two African countries in early 2023

Man Jose Kayima

The Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan for an ecumenical peace pilgrimage from 31 January to 5 February 2023, journeys postponed in the past due to health reasons.

The Apostolic Journey was announced in a statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office

“Accepting the invitation of their respective Heads of State and Bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make the announced Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo from 31 January to 3 February 2023, visiting the city of Kinshasa, and, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, the Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace to Juba, South Sudan, from 3 to 5 February next.” Read a statement from Vatican

The highlights of the Pope’s Apostolic Journey will include a visit with representatives from charitable organizations in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in South Sudan, a meeting with internally displaced persons and an Ecumenical Prayer service.

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