Pope Francis Postpones Visit to DRC and South Sudan

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis’ forthcoming trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan has been postponed due to the Pope’s persistent knee issue.

The trip, which was supposed to take place from July 2 to 7, will be postponed, however, no new date has been determined as of late.

“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, said Matteo Bruni, Director of the Holy See Press Office.

The Pope’s Apostolic Journey to Africa was to include two visits to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) – at Kinshasa, the capital, and Goma, the city – as well as a visit to Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

The Vatican has not disclosed the specifics of the Pope’s knee problem, but the Pope has mentioned a torn ligament in his knee.

Pope Francis, 85, has been experiencing difficulty in his right knee and has been observed straining to walk, and was seen using a wheelchair for the first time during a public occasion last month.


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