Juba, 17 June, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have, in a collective statement, encouraged the people of God in the East-Central African nation “to actively participate” in the planned ecumenical prayer session schedule to take place on Saturday, June 18.
In the statement shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, June 15, SSCC members say, “Church members need to actively participate in the event for ‘peace and justice’ in South Sudan.”
“All the members of the Churches are asked to join the ecumenical prayer together in love, hope, peace and unity,” the representatives of church leaders in South Sudan say, and add, “The prayers will be hosted at All Saints Cathedral in Juba this week and SSCC will be happy with the presence of all the Church members on this remarkable day.”
The prayer initiative, which church leaders in South Sudan have organized, was part of the preparatory activities ahead of the postponed ecumenical visit to the country that was to be undertaken by Pope Francis alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.
On June 10, the Vatican announced the postponement of Pope Francis’ six-day Apostolic trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the ecumenical visit to South Sudan that had previously been scheduled for July 2-7.