Juba, 22 September, 2022 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, is awaiting the Holy See’s “official announcement”, the Archbishop of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See has said.
On September 13, Pope Francis said he was in contact with the head of the Anglican Communion and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in view of realizing their postponed ecumenical trip to South Sudan.
“I spoke the other day with Archbishop Welby [Archbishop of Canterbury and symbolic head of the Anglican Communion ed.] and we saw February (2023) as a possibility for going to South Sudan,” Pope Francis said in a conversation with reporters on his flight from Rome to Kazakhstan.
In an interview with Radio Bakhita that was reported Tuesday, September 20, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin said that the Catholic Church in South Sudan is already making preparations while awaiting an official announcement from the Vatican.
“The Holy Father recently stated that he would still like to visit South Sudan and suggested the month of February,” Archbishop Ameyu said, adding that the ecumenical trip is not official yet because “we are still awaiting an official announcement from the Holy See”.