Juba, 10 April, 2022 / 10:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has said “the Church is satisfied with” the government’s preparations to welcome Pope Francis in his planned maiden Apostolic visit to the East-Central African nation in July.
The Holy Father is scheduled to arrive in South Sudan on July 5 in his two-African-nation pastoral trip that is to begin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on July 2.
On Thursday, April 7, the South Sudanese Minister of Presidential Affairs, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, convened a meeting of the High-Level Committees comprising government and the Church representatives to deliberate on preparations for the Papal visit.
“The Church is satisfied with the level of government preparations to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis together with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Martin Fair,” Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin has been quoted as saying in a Facebook post.
In the post by the office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan dated April 7, Archbishop Ameyu reports, “The leaders of the Church thanked President Salva Kiir Mayardit for the efforts that he has demonstrated towards the preparations for the Papal visit to South Sudan.”