Pope Francis I has rescheduled his long-delayed trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan for 31 January to 5 February 2023 - cutting out a stop over in the troubled eastern DRC, but fulfilling a long-held wish to accompany other Christian leaders to South Sudan.
The link between the climate crisis and global health has become clearer with every extreme weather event, with the number of reported disease outbreaks and climate-related health emergencies reaching their highest-ever level this century. The World Health Organization (WHO)'s analysis of the seven countries in the greater Horn of Africa - Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda - found that there have been 39 reported outbreaks, as well as flooding, and other acute public health
The Vatican on Thursday (December 1) published the itinerary of the trip, which had originally been scheduled for last July but was postponed because Francis was undergoing therapy for his strained knee ligaments.
South Sudan is facing record-breaking rains and floods for a fourth consecutive year. As the climate crisis accelerates, South Sudanese fear worse is yet to come. Over 1 million people affected by the floods are now at risk of death because of acute food deprivation.