Pope Francis confirmed that a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan “in early February” 2023 is being prepared, during an online conference with African students broadcast on November 1, 2022. He made a reassurance about his health, which was the reason for the cancellation of the trip to these two countries that was planned for early last July.
The Pope was participating in “Building Bridges across Africa,” an online synodal meeting with African university students organized by the Pan-African Network for Theology and Catholic Pastoral Care, in collaboration with the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. During the discussion, a student from the DRC, speaking about the difficulties faced by Congolese women, asked the Pontiff if he was planning to come to her country, expressing sadness over the cancellation of the trip last July.
“It is true that I had to cancel my trip because my doctor had forbidden me to do so at the time,” the head of the Catholic Church replied. At the time, he said he suffered a fractured knee.