Wau, 19 May, 2022 / 10:27 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis is scheduled to be in South Sudan in July, an Ecumenical visit that has raised expectations for a swifter peace process in the embattled African country.
A member of the Comboni Missionary Sisters (CMS) serving in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Wau has told Catholic Pontifical charity foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) International, that the planned visit by Pope Francis to the youngest country in the world, scheduled for 5-7 July, could have an historic effect on the country’s peace process.
In a report that ACN International shared with ACI Africa on Wednesday, May 18, Sr. Beta Almendra says, “The Pope will play a very, very important role. The Pope, the Christian churches and all the local Christian leaders, we all have a very important role to play at this moment in the history of South Sudan.”
Sr. Almendra adds, “My expectation for this trip is that people will understand that peace is possible, that peace is something good, that it is the only way to develop this country, for schools and hospitals to keep functioning, for the South Sudanese people to grow as teachers, doctors, pilots, engineers, and that they might be able to care for their own country, in peace”.