Pope Francis’ July trip to Africa postponed for health reasons
Pope Francis is pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022. VATICAN MEDIA
By Hannah Brockhaus
Catholic News Agency
June 10, 2022
VATICAN— Pope Francis’ July trip to the African countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan has been postponed for health reasons, the Vatican said on Friday.
“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,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said on June 10.
The trip, planned for July 2-7, will be moved “to a later date to be determined,” the statement said.
Pope Francis was planning to spend July 2-5 in the Congolese cities of Kinshasa and Goma, and July 5-7 in the South Sudanese capital Juba.
The trip’s full program was published at the end of May.
The 85-year-old has been suffering from a painful inflamed ligament in his knee, limiting his ability to walk. He has been using a wheelchair during public appearances since last month.
He is still scheduled to visit Canada on July 24-29.
DONATE TO CBCP NEWS
CBCPNews is a church-based news agency operated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines. This apostolate aims at helping the work of the new evangelization through the news media. This is non-commercial and non-profit. That being the case, it totally depends on generosity of its readers and supporters.
Should you wish to donate kindly press the donate button. Thank you.