Wau, 19 May, 2022 / 8:17 pm (ACI Africa).
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Tuesday, May 17, Bishop Remijio says the formulated prayer will help Catholics prepare spiritually for the visit, which the Pope Francis is expected to undertake in July alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.
“We as the Bishops’ Conference of Sudan and South Sudan have formulated this prayer to be recited in all the gatherings in the Dioceses of the two countries because the two countries are still one Conference,” the Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese who is heading the Finance Committee for the planned ecumenical visit says.
He adds in the statement issued on behalf of the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan and Sudan, “This prayer will enable people to prepare themselves spiritually to welcome our Holy Father in his pastoral visit to Sudan and South Sudan.”
“In the formulation of this prayer, we started first with the motto of the Holy Father that says, ‘I pray that all may be one’; the gospel is taken from St. John 17,” Bishop Remijio says, and adds, “In the second paragraph of the prayer, we pray for the pastoral visit of the Holy Father that God may guide and protect him during his visit to South Sudan.”