Finally, Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in July, the Vatican said on Thursday.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church repeatedly had to delay the trip to the predominantly Christian side of South Sudan because of security concerns in the country still emerging from a post-independence civil war.
According to the Vatican, Francis will be in South Sudan from July 5-7 after visiting the Democratic Republic of Congo July 2-5 on the same trip. While in South Sudan, he will visit the capital, Juba, and in the DRC he will visit Kinshasa and Goma.
July will mark the 11th anniversary of South Sudan’s secession from Sudan.