Pope to travel to DRC and South Sudan in early 2023

The Holy See Press Office announces that Pope Francis will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan for an ecumenical peace pilgrimage from 31 January to 5 February 2023, journeys postponed in the past due to health reasons.

Pope Francis Says He’s “back to walking”, Looks Forward to Visiting Africa in February

Pope Francis said that plans were already underway for the realization of the postponed ecumenical trip to South Sudan and his pastoral visit to the DRC, at the beginning of next February.

The Papal “long-awaited” Ecumenical Visit among Ongoing Reflections of Bishops in Sudan

“In an increasingly polarised and divided world, may the Christian community be a leaven of brotherhood and unity,” the words of Rumbek Bishop Carlassare.

Pope Francis in Touch with Church Leaders to Realize Postponed Ecumenical Visit to Africa

Pope Francis is in contact with the head of the Anglican Communion and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in view of realizing their postponed ecumenical trip to South Sudan.

Resilient South Sudanese women deserve peace, respect and dignity

Scholasticah Nganda, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy and director of the pastoral programmes of Solidarity with South Sudan, tells of her experience, emphasising the need to support South Sudanese women and girls, who are the main victims of the violence of the armed conflicts in their country.

South Sudan and DRC need the Pope to go there for Peace and Reconciliation – Interview to Maria Carmen Ocón

“When I met the Pope in person at an audience through the congregation, he encouraged me to continue in the mission. He said to me: “Keep carrying the Good News wherever it is needed.” I believe that what the Pope wants from us missionaries is that we continue to be witnesses of the Good News of Christ precisely close to the people who suffer, close to the poor. That is why, perhaps, we missionaries have a place in his heart”

Speech to Cardinal Parolin

We are pleased to share the speech that Father Jim Greene, Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan and Chairperson RSASS, wrote for Cardinal Parolin on his visit to South Sudan.

Homily of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Juba – 7 July

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin celebrates Mass in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, and calls for forgiveness and love to overcome the tendency toward violence and oppression.

Parolin in South Sudan: “Let’s close painful pages for the country

Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has left Kinshasa to travel to Juba, the second stop on his trip to Africa on behalf of the Pope.

Pope Francis “greatly disappointed” over Missing Pastoral Trip to Africa This Week

Pope Francis has said that he is “greatly disappointed” that he had to postpone his trip to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was supposed to take place this week.

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