NEWS– The Vatican has announced that Pope Francis has postponed his upcoming trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan due to a continuing knee problem.
The Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement that at the request of his doctors and in order not to jeopardise results of the therapy he is undergoing for his knee, the Pope has been forced to postpone his trip to Africa.
Matteo Bruni said that Pope Francis trip to Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan was planned for July 2nd to 7th but will be rescheduled though no new date has been set.
Pope Francis who is now aged 85 years, has been suffering from pain in his right knee in recent weeks and has sometimes been seen struggling to walk and last month, he appeared in a wheelchair for the first time at a public event.
The Pope has cancelled numerous engagements and postponed a scheduled trip to Lebanon in June, but according to the Catholic News Agency, he is still scheduled to visit Canada in July this year.
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