Pope Francis to visit DR Congo and South Sudan this summer

Pope Francis will visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan in July, the Vatican announced on Thursday. The pontiff, 85, has taken an interest in the violence that has plagued the two nations, which share a border. He will arrive in DRC on July 2 to visit the capital, Kinshasa, and Goma, the main city in the restive eastern province of North Kivu, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. On July 5 he will head north for two days in South Sudan, visiting the capital, Juba, as part of a trip organised at the invitation of their respective heads of state and bishops. Security is likely to be tight for both parts of the trip, the Pope’s fifth to Africa and his second overseas visit announced for this year. South Sudan, the world’s newest nation, has suffered from c Read More