Juba, 19 January, 2023 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has expressed optimism that the planned ecumenical visit to the country early next month will “touch the hearts of politicians” to seek peace.
Addressing journalists at the Sudan and South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat on Wednesday, January 18, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin said the scheduled ecumenical visit is expected to help politicians implement the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).
“We hope the coming of the Holy Father will make us realize the aspect of peace in this country and touch the hearts of politicians,” Archbishop Ameyu about the Ecumenical Pilgrimage to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, from February 3-5.
The South Sudanese Archbishop added, “After the signing of the peace agreement, the next thing is to bring our hearts together.”
“The Holy Father is making this pilgrimage in order to reach our hearts personally and touch them with his prayers so that the spirit of God should be present in our agreement,” he said.