Africa/South Sudan – the worldwide dimension of Pope Francis’ country visit
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Torit (Agenzia Fides) – “Upon hearing of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the country, we have appointed a committee of four delegates from the Bishops’ Conference of Sudan and South Sudan (SSCBC) to begin preparations. This committee is jointly organized by the government. Will join the panel organized to work from In connection with the SSCBC’s preparations for the papal visit to South Sudan, Archbishop Stefan Ameu Martin Mulla, general of the Archdiocese of Juba, made the announcement (see Fides 10/3/2022).
“As a nation and a church, we are honored to announce the visit of the Holy Fathers,” said Archbishop Ameyu, who also serves as inspired administrator of the Diocese of Torit, South Sudan. “It will be a very important moment for all South Sudanese people to mobilize for peace and reconciliation. We hope that with his visit the Pope will encourage all of us to follow the path of dialogue, peace and justice in order to strengthen peace in the country.”
“There is a worldwide dimension to Pope Francis’ visit. Indeed, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the Scottish Presbyterian Church will also be present.” The Pope’s desire to visit South Sudan matured in April 2019 at a meeting held in the Vatican with Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and political leaders of South Sudan, during which Francis begged him to make peace (Agengia Fides See 12)/4/2019).
“We are very pleased and look forward to receiving our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in South Sudan”, echoed Charles Sampa Kasonde, Bishop of the Diocese of Solwezi in Zambia, President of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (AMECEA) . ) Bishop concluded, “This visit is in some way a guarantee of the fulfillment of his promise as well as a guarantee of his love for South Sudanese and his commitment to ensuring peace on earth.”
(AP) (Agengia Fides 16/3/2022)
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