Juba, 12 February, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Nun who actively participated in the celebration of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Sudan in 1993 had the opportunity to interact with a Pope for the second time when she served at the February 5 Papal Mass in South Sudan.
Sr. Agnes Leila Andrews, a member of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (SHS), told ACI Africa that she served as a Liturgical dancer during the Pontiff’s visit before South Sudan and Sudan separated following a referendum.
For Pope Francis’ visit, Sr. Agnes was among the team of Priests and Religious who were selected to prepare the Holy Father’s sacristy.
Sharing her elation, the Catholic Nun said, “I am very happy to serve the Pope as a Sacristan. I was a liturgical dancer when Pope John Paul II came to the then Sudan in 1993. And now that Pope Francis has come, I happen to be among those that have been chosen to serve him in the sacristy.”
“I am very grateful because this is the second chance given to me by God to be a sacristan and a dancer,” the native of Nuba Mountains in Sudan’s El Obeid Diocese said, and added, “I may not be here the third time that the Pope visits, but I am happy that I have been of some service during the two times that Popes visited Sudan and South Sudan."