The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Francis will travel to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo early in 2023.
The pontiff postponed a planned trip to the two nations in July on health grounds.
Francis will visit Congo from January 31 to February 3, according to a statement released by the Vatican on Thursday. After that, he will spend two days in South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
The statement said that the Pope would travel to the capital of the DRC, Kinshasa, but it made no mention of a stop in Goma, the unrest-ridden region of the enormous East African nation.
After the DRC, he will fly to Juba, the South Sudanese capital.