Tonj, 16 December, 2022 / 10:06 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has invited people of different faiths in the East-Central African nation to prepare to join Pope Francis in his "pilgrimage of faith" during the Holy Father's planned Ecumenical visit to the country.
Pope Francis is expected to visit South Sudan between February 3 and 5 next year in what has been described as an Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace in the African nation that has been experiencing protracted violence.
The Holy Father’s pastoral trip to Africa will, however, start on January 31 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), before joining the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields for the South Sudan visit.
In a Christmas message shared with ACI Africa, Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan invites the people of God in the country to embrace the Holy Father's visit as an opportunity to work for peace and reconciliation in the country.
"Pope Francis will soon come to visit us (on February 3-5, 2023). He said that his coming to South Sudan is a pilgrimage of peace undertaken together with leaders of other Christian denominations. Let us join him in this pilgrimage and continue to work for peace and reconciliation," Bishop Carlassare says in the Friday, December 16 message.