This January 31, the pope must land in Kinshasa, capital of the DR-Congo, at 3 p.m. He will meet President Félix Tshisekedi. Wednesday 1er February, he will notably preside over a mass at 9:30 a.m. at Ndolo airport where more than one and a half million people are expected. In the afternoon, he will meet victims of violence in the east of the country, in North Kivu.
On Friday, February 3, after an interview with the bishops of the Congolese Episcopal Conference, he will join Juba, capital of South Sudan. He will do this “ecumenical pilgrimage of peace”, according to the Vatican, along with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the head of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields. He will fly back to Rome on Sunday, February 5, at 11:30 a.m.