Pope hopes to set new date for his African tour

Pope Francis said on Sunday he hoped to reschedule his visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan “as soon as possible” after he had to cancel the trip due to a pain in his knee.

“Dear friends, it is with great regret that I have had to postpone my visit to your countries due to problems with my legs,” the 85-year-old pope said after Sunday prayers from the window of the papal rapporteur who oversees St. Peter’s Square.

“I am very sorry to have to postpone this journey, which means so much to me. My apologies. Let’s pray together that, with God’s help and medical treatment, I can be with you as soon as possible. Our hope is high.”

And the Vatican announced on Friday that this trip would be postponed until further notice, after it was scheduled for early July to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Sudan, as the Pope suffers from pain in his knee.

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