Juba, 30 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said the planned ecumenical visit to be undertaken alongside Pope Francis and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields later this week is “historic”.
In a statement issued Sunday, January 29, Archbishop Welby says the visit will also “amplify the cries” of the people of God in the East-Central African nation.
“I am profoundly grateful to be visiting the people of South Sudan with my dear brothers in Christ, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the Rt. Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland,” Archbishop Welby says.
He adds, “We have prayed for many years for this visit – and we now look forward to being in Juba together in only a few days’ time.”
“This will be a historic visit,” he says, and adds, “After centuries of division, leaders of three different parts of the Church are coming together in an unprecedented way, and in so doing are seeking to be part of answering another prayer – Jesus’ prayer – that his followers might be one – "ut unum sint" (John: 17).”