Pope Francis will not be able to visit Africa at the beginning of July 2022 as planned in his agenda. The Supreme Pontiff was forced to cancel his move due to severe knee pain. He had to go to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo where he was highly expected by the people.
Pope Francis expressed his sincere regret at this postponement, which was beyond his control, and apologized to the people of those countries. “Dear friends, with great regret, because of the problems in my leg, I had to postpone his visit to your country. I feel a great sadness for having won this trip which means everything to me. Let us pray together that, with God’s help and medical care, I may be with you as soon as possible,” the Pope said in his Sunday homily in St Peter’s Square in Rome.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it is the disappointment of the people who placed huge hopes in this visit. In Goma, in North Kivu, an area affected by recurrent attacks by armed men, the pope’s visit was a chance to live again in peace. Even in South Sudan, a young country torn apart by atrocious war between rival armed groups. But these populations promise to pray for a speedy recovery of the head of the Catholic Church so that he can carry out the scheduled visits on African soil. Recall that another visit originally planned in June to Lebanon was also cancelled by the pope.