“Accepting the invitation of the respective heads of state and bishops, Pope Francis will next make an apostolic visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2 to 5 July, visiting the cities of Kinshasa and Goma, and visiting South Sudan from 5 to 7 July is going to Juba. The itinerary will be published in due course”. This was announced by the director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni.
Notably, a visit to South Sudan had been announced several times – at least since 2016 – with the Pope expressing his desire to go there with Anglican primate Justin Welby, but the country’s definitive exit from the citizen has always been postponed. done. Conflict and ethnic.
In both recent years, the Pontiff and Archbishop Welby have devoted themselves to the implementation of peace agreements in South Sudan, along with joint messages with leaders of the Church of Scotland, and above all to a “spiritual retreat into one”. with. worldwide form. “Which brought together the country’s Christian leaders at the Vatican on 11 April 2019.
The gesture of the Pope remained in the minds of all who, at the end of his speech, with an undetermined eloquence, kneeled before the leaders of South Sudan and kissed their feet one by one: to the President of the Republic Salva Kiir, former Vice President and Leader of the Opposition Riek Machar, other vice-presidents were nominated, including Taban Deng Gai and Rebecca Nyandeng.
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