Juba, 13 April, 2022 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
A campaign dubbed “remember Pope Francis' Kiss for Peace” that was recently launched in South Sudan aims at challenging political leaders in the East-Central African nation to foster “peace and stability”, an activist involved in the campaign has said.
On Sunday, April 10, members of the Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) launched a campaign to recall the 11 April 2019 dramatic gesture when Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar among others.
This was after a spiritual retreat that brought together the South Sudanese President, the opposition leader, Dr. Machar, and the widow of South Sudanese leader John Garang, Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabior, among other political and religious leaders from South Sudan.
Reflections during the retreat had focused on the national anthem of South Sudan under the guidance of Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese, and Jesuit Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator who was at the helm of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar.
In a Monday, April 11 report by Juba Monitor, the Executive of CEPO says the “remember Pope Francis' Kiss for Peace” campaign seeks to encourage South Sudanese leaders to translate “Pope Francis kiss” into real peace.