Juba, 28 January, 2023 / 8:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The meeting of the Holy Father with the internally displaced persons (IDPs) when he visits South Sudan next week alongside the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, is a “sign of solidarity” with those suffering, a Catholic Priest involved in the preparations of the visit has told ACI Africa.
In an interview with ACI Africa, Wednesday, January 25, the General Coordinator for the Pope’s Visit to South Sudan said Pope Francis meeting IDPs on Saturday, February 4 will be a source of hope for them.
“The meeting is very important because the Holy Father will be in solidarity with those who are suffering because being in the IDP camp one cannot have a normal life like in their houses,” Fr. Samuel Abe said.
He added, “The Holy Father wants to encourage them and give them some sense of life so that they will value life though they are in a place where somebody is supposed to have a decent and basic condition of living.”
The Holy Father is expected to offer IDPs “encouragement and trust that wherever they are, God and the Church is with them,” the South Sudanese Catholic Priest further said.