Pope Francis has apologized for cancelling his planned visit of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
The Pope made the announcement at St. Peter’s Square where he apologized to authorities from both countries for the trip that was set between July 2nd-7th but has disrupted following knee complications.
He continued by expressing how important the trip was to him and how optimistic he is visiting the two countries at a future date.
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“Pope Francis apologizes to the authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for having to postpone his Apostolic Visit, and says he plans to go as soon as possible and is optimistic.” Said Vatican News
The news was first shared by the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni who said that the Pope was feeling unwell and the trip will jeopardize an ongoing therapy of his knees.
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” Said Mr. Matteo
Initial plans for the two African countries could see the Pope make two stops in DRC Congo before proceeding to Juba, the capital of South Sudan.