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South Sudan prepares to welcome Pope Francis

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Pope Francis landed within the DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday afternoon for the primary Papal go to to the DRC since 1985.

The go to to the Continent features a journey on Friday to Juba, the capital of South Sudan and one of many poorest international locations on the planet.

“We hope this go to is a superb alternative for the individuals of South Sudan to reconcile, to reunite, and to rebuild their future as one individuals united”, mentioned Andreas Mabior, Head of the choir.

Sister Sarah Gune Justin, a Catholic nun, added “(South Sudan, Ed.) We turned helpless due to struggle, however with religion and belief in God we all know that with the approaching of the Holy Father to our nation, we’ll expertise the peace of Christ, and South Sudan goes to alter, it’s not going to stay as earlier than”.

The six-day journey to the DRC and South Sudan had been deliberate for July 2022, however postponed because of the pontiff’s knee ache that has compelled him to make use of a wheelchair in current months.

“Hopefully his coming as already indicated in his motto of coming, that is his want for the individuals of South Sudan, “to be united, to be one”. That is with none hesitation that’s transferring individuals of South Sudan to be one”, concluded Matthew Remijio, Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese.

After gaining independence in 2011, South Sudan suffered a brutal five-year civil struggle, whereas continued battle between rival ethnic teams exacts a horrible toll on civilians.

The Pope can be joined in Juba by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the chief of the Church of Scotland, on what he has known as “an ecumenical pilgrimage of peace“.