Pope Francis has expressed confidence in a visit to South Sudan stating that he may finally visit the country in February 2023.
This comes after his pastoral visit to the country was postponed earlier in July this year, with the Holy Father’s doctor citing health challenges.
In a virtual dialogue with African Catholic students on Tuesday, The Pope noted that his health had improved significantly and he can move around with more ease.
He explained that plans were already underway for the realization of the postponed ecumenical trip to South Sudan and his pastoral visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the beginning of next February.
“Regarding my visit, I had to suspend it because my doctor ordered me to. I am back to walking now with a cane, and therefore things are improving. Hopefully, if all goes well, in early February, I will come to visit you. I will visit you and South Sudan,” he said during the virtual dialogue with the students.
Nine students presented talking points at the November 1 virtual Papal dialogue with African Catholic University students, seeking solidarity with the Holy Father in the challenges faced by the youths in Africa.
The virtual initiative brought together students from 34 universities that were drawn from nine African countries. These were the DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Ivory Coast.