Pope Francis delayed his visit to South Sudan and the DRC
Pope Francis was scheduled to visit South Sudan and the DRC in early July, but delayed the visit due to health problems. Catholic authorities in South Sudan and the DRC were disappointed at the delay, as they believed the Pope’s visit would have helped foster more peace and reconciliation in their countries.
Musiitwa, a leader of the Wau Diocese in South Sudan, expressed the disappointment that many leaders felt towards the delayed visit, “Many people in South Sudan were eagerly waiting for the pope’s visit, and the biggest expectation of the Catholic community is that the visit would have helped establish the church as a community driven by reconciliation, peace, forgiveness and unity.”
Pope Francis has recently visited indigenous communities in Canada which gives the leaders hope that he will reschedule his visit to Africa.