Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 12, 2022 / 00:28 am
Pope Francis on Sunday apologized for having to postpone his trip to Africa in July because of his knee pain, and vowed to reschedule it “as soon as possible.”
The 85-year-old pope has been suffering from an inflamed ligament in his knee, limiting his ability to walk. He has been using a wheelchair during public appearances since last month.
Pope Francis was planning to spend July 2-5 in the Congolese cities of Kinshasa and Goma, and July 5-7 in the South Sudanese capital Juba. The Vatican announced June 10 that due to treatment for his knee pain, the trip had to be put off.
Pope Francis addressed the postponement in remarks after his daily Angelus reflection for pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on June 12 for Trinity Sunday.