Following a farewell ceremony at N’djili Airport, he will leave for South Sudan on what the Vatican is calling an Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to the South Sudanese Land and People.
The pope will be received at Juba International Airport in a welcome ceremony, before proceeding to the Presidential Palace for a courtesy visit to President Salva Kiir.
He will then meet with the vice presidents of South Sudan.
In the last official activity of his first day in South Sudan, Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with the authorities and members of the diplomatic corps in the garden of the Presidential Palace.
On July 6, the pope is expected to visit internally displaced persons (IDPs) at a camp in Juba.
He is then scheduled to meet privately with Jesuits in South Sudan at the apostolic nunciature.
Pope Francis will meet with bishops, members of the clergy, religious, and seminarians at St. Theresa Cathedral in the late afternoon.
The evening of July 6 will see the pope participate in an ecumenical prayer service alongside the Most Rev. Justin Welby, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Right Rev. Iain Greenshields, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.
The same venue is scheduled to host Mass on the morning of July 7, the last day of the trip.
After a morning farewell ceremony at Juba International Airport, Pope Francis will leave for Rome.
The July 2-7 pastoral trip will mark Pope Francis’ third visit to sub-Saharan Africa.
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The journey will be the first papal visit to South Sudan, which became an independent state in 2011, and the third papal trip to the DRC, which is home to Africa’s largest Catholic population.
This is an edited version of a report first published by ACI Africa, CNA’s African news partner.