Rumbek, 11 January, 2023 / 10:31 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 early next month will show “a new common path” for the people of God in the country, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African nation has said.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Christian Carlassare reflected on the Holy Father’s presence in South Sudan during the February 3-5 visit, and underscored the purpose of the ecumenical trip as a pilgrimage of peace.
“I think the visit of the Pope will indicate with more clarity a new common path for all South Sudanese people and the country at large,” Bishop Carlassare told ACI Africa in the Monday, January 9 interview.
The Local Ordinary of Rumbek Diocese added, “The Holy Father is coming to us as a pilgrim of peace; therefore, he has to find us on that same path, ready to commit ourselves to peace and against any form of violence and corruption.”
The ecumenical visit is historical, Bishop Carlassare said, “because the Holy Father mentioned South Sudan on many occasions but he has never had the chance to visit the country.”