Wau, 30 January, 2021 / 5:00 pm (ACI Africa).
An official in South Sudan’s government has praised the affection of Pope Francis to people of God in the East-Central African nation manifested in his peace initiatives in the country.
Speaking on behalf of South Sudan’s President at the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese Sunday, January 24, the Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin said, “His Holiness Pope Francis has shown love for the people of South Sudan.”
“In many years, the Catholic Church has been propagating and encouraging the government to bring peace in our country,” said Dr. Marial to thousands of Catholics who turned up to witness the Ordination of Bishop Mathew Remijo Adam at Mary Help of Christians Cathedral of Wau Diocese.
As the Presidential Advisor and Special Envoy who has been representing the government of South Sudan in Rome-mediated peace talks by a Catholic Lay organization, Sant’Egidio, Dr. Marial recognized with appreciation the backing of the Holy Father in the peace initiatives.
“We are now in talks with the holdout opposition and the person who is behind that is Pope Francis himself,” he said, and added, “We are now being engaged by a Catholic organization, an organization of Catholic communities with presence in 70 countries around the world.”