The Holy See Press Workplace introduced that Pope Francis will journey from January 31 to February 5 of subsequent yr
Pope Francis presides over Mass for the Congolese neighborhood in Rome earlier this yr. (Picture: Vatican Media)
After suspending his journey final July, Pope Francis rescheduled it for January 31 to February three. 5 his journey to the Congo and his ecumenical go to to South Sudan, the Vatican introduced.
With the pope’s mobility nonetheless affected, the brand new journey schedule has been minimize barely from what was deliberate in July, in keeping with the schedule launched by the Vatican on Dec. 1.
The primary occasion lacking from this system is a go to to Congo’s North Kivu province to rejoice a mass close to the positioning of the previous Kibumba refugee camp, the place, in February 2021, the Italian ambassador to the Congo, Luca Attanasio, 43, and two others had been killed in an ambush whereas touring in a UN convoy. There’s additionally a gathering in Goma with the victims of violence.
As an alternative, the Pope will stay in Kinshasa from his arrival in Congo on January 31 till his departure for South Sudan early on February three.
As deliberate for years, the Pope will journey to South Sudan with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury and Rev Iain Greenshields, moderator of the Church of Scotland Normal Meeting, in a brand new try to encourage leaders in struggle to dwell as much as the commitments they’ve made in a collection of agreements and at last supply peace to their individuals.
The three leaders had been attempting to schedule the go to since 2016, when South Sudan’s Catholic, Anglican and Presbyterian leaders visited the pope and archbishop and requested them to return and encourage the peace course of. No less than 60% of the inhabitants of South Sudan, together with its political leaders, are Christians.
A press release from the Rev. Greenshields’ workplace mentioned: “The aim of the go to is to resume the dedication to peace and reconciliation and to face in solidarity with hundreds of thousands of odd people who find themselves deeply affected by ongoing armed battle, violence, floods and the famine”.
Peace, unity and reconciliation are additionally the problems Pope Francis is anticipated to concentrate on in Congo, a nation wealthy in pure assets however torn by fixed violence. The theme of the go to to Congo is “All Reconciled in Jesus Christ,” which emphasizes how greater than 95% of the nation’s inhabitants is Christian, however sporadic combating continues, particularly within the japanese and northeastern elements of the nation.
Right here is the calendar revealed by the Vatican on December 1; all occasions are native, with Japanese Time in parentheses:
Tuesday January 31 (Rome-Kinshasa)
— 7:55 am (1:55 am) Departure by airplane from Rome Fiumicino airport to Kinshasa.
— three pm (9 am) Arrival at Kinshasa Worldwide Airport. official welcome.
— four:30 pm (10:30 am) Welcome ceremony on the Palais de la Nation.
— 16:45 (10:45) Courtesy go to of the president on the Palace of the Nation.
— 5:30 pm (11:30 am) Assembly with authorities and members of the diplomatic corps within the backyard of the Palace of the Nation. Pope’s speech.
Wednesday, February 1 (Kinshasa)
— 9:30 am (three:30 am) Mass at Ndolo airport. Pope’s homily.
— four:30 pm (10:30 am) Assembly with victims from the East of the nation on the apostolic nunciature. Pope’s speech.
— 6:30 pm (12:30 pm) Assembly with representatives of some charities. Pope’s speech.
Thursday February 2 (Kinshasa)
— 9:30 am (three:30 am) Assembly with younger individuals and catechists on the Stadium of the Martyrs in Kinshasa. Pope’s speech.
— four:30 pm (10:30 am) Assembly and prayer with monks, spiritual and seminarians within the Cathedral of Our Woman of the Congo. Pope’s speech.
— 6:30 pm (12:30 pm) Personal assembly with Jesuits on the apostolic nunciature.
Friday, February three (Kinshasa, Juba)
— eight:30 am (2:30 am) Assembly with the Congolese bishops on the places of work of the episcopal convention. Pope’s speech.
— 10:10 am (four:10 am) Farewell ceremony at Kinshasa Worldwide Airport and departure to Juba, South Sudan.
— three pm (eight am) Arrival at Juba Worldwide Airport and welcome ceremony.
— three:45 pm (eight:45 am) Courtesy go to of the president on the presidential palace.
— four:15 pm (9:15 am) Assembly with the Vice Presidents of South Sudan.
— 5 pm (10 am) Assembly with authorities, representatives of civil society and members of the diplomatic corps within the backyard of the Presidential Palace. Pope’s speech.
Saturday, February four (Juba)
— 9 am (2 am) Assembly with bishops, monks, spiritual and seminarians within the Cathedral of Santa Teresa. Pope’s speech.
— 11 am (5 am) Personal assembly with Jesuits on the apostolic nunciature.
— four:30 pm (9:30 am) Assembly with IDPs at Freedom Corridor. Pope’s speech.
— 6 pm (11 am) Ecumenical Prayer Service on the John Garang Mausoleum. Pope’s speech.
Sunday, February 5 (Juba, Rome)
— eight:45 am (1:45 am) Mass, adopted by the Angelus prayer, on the John Garang Mausoleum. Pope’s homily.
— 11 am (three am) Farewell ceremony at Juba Worldwide Airport.
— 11:30 am (three:30 am) Departure by airplane.
— 5:30 pm (11:30 am) Arrival at Rome Fiumicino airport.