Juba, 02 December, 2022 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
The planned ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields in February 2023 provides an opportunity to reflect on “peace and stability,” the Catholic Archbishop in the country has said.
On Thursday, December 1, officials of the Holy See Press Office announced that Pope Francis is set to realize his postponed trip to two African countries early next year. They also unveiled the program and itinerary of the “Apostolic Journey of His Holiness Francis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and in South Sudan (Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace in South Sudan) from 31 January to 5 February 2023.”
Addressing journalists in Juba following the publication of the itinerary and program for the two-African-nation trip, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu said, “The visit of the Holy Father and his colleagues is important for the people of South Sudan to think about peace and stability.”
“It's a moment for our people to know and be ready to eventually have peace through the visit of these religious leaders,” the Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese emphasized.
He added, “We should pray that the visit is successful because this is what our Christian communities have been waiting for since the Holy Father announced his intention to visit.”