Juba, 14 June, 2022 / 9:57 pm (ACI Africa).
Preparations toward the ecumenical visit to South Sudan “will continue” despite the decision to postpone the three-day event that was scheduled for July 5-7, the Archbishop of Juba has said.
Addressing journalists June 10, the day Matteo Bruni, the Holy See Press Office Director, announced the postponement “with regret” of the Holy Father’s third trip to Africa, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu said the Holy Father is still determined to visit South Sudan.
“We will continue with the activities that have been planned like meetings and other preparations,” Archbishop Ameyu told journalists about the postponed trip that the Holy Father was to undertake alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.
He added, “This announcement cannot stop us from preparing because the Holy Father is postponing his visit to South Sudan, not canceling it.”
“The planned ecumenical prayer of this month will continue without any problem,” the South Sudanese Archbishop further said, making reference to a prayer initiative, which church leaders in South Sudan have organized.