Juba, 01 February, 2023 / 4:35 pm (ACI Africa).
As Pope Francis begins the first leg of his previously postponed pastoral trip to two African nations that the Vatican confirmed on December 1, the people of God in South Sudan where he is set to arrive on Friday, February 3 have been urged to be proactive in spreading messages of peace, love and unity.
Addressing journalists after a meeting with the President Salva Kiir on Monday, January 30, Gabriel Cardinal Zubeir Wako called on Christians in South Sudan to pray for the success of the imminent ecumenical visit that the Holy Father is to undertake alongside the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.
“I am calling on Christians across the country to continue spreading the message of peace, love, and unity in communities ahead of this important visit,” Cardinal Zubeir said.
The 81-year-old Archbishop emeritus of Sudan’s Khartoum Archdiocese added, “The spiritual leaders are coming to strengthen us in our faith so that we will continue this journey for peace by spreading the word of God as the Church as Children of God.”
“It’s very important for each and every one of us to be strong spiritually because the religious leaders are coming to strengthen us,” the Cardinal who retired as Archbishop of Khartoum Archdiocese in December 2016 further said.