Tombura-Yambio, 01 February, 2023 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The arrival of three global church leaders in South Sudan on Friday, February 3 will bring about an “ecumenical flavor of unity”, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African nation has said in reference to the planned visit of Pope Francis, the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields.
In a Monday, January 30 report by Ruru Gene Newsletter of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY), Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala calls on the people of God in South Sudan to support the Holy Father and the other two church leaders in prayers.
“Pope Francis’ visit will bring people hope, tolerance, forgiving spirit, the ecumenical flavor of unity, reconciliation, healing,” Bishop Hiiboro says in the report, and adds that the three church leaders will motivate South Sudanese to renew the “love for our nation, empower faith in God, and provide an opening for sustainable peace after so many years of conflict and division.”
“I would like to encourage all of us to make a special effort to support Pope Francis in prayer during this critical time, both in the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass as well as in our own private prayer,” Bishop Hiiboro says.
Pope Francis arrived in Kinshasa on Tuesday, January 31, the first stop of his Apostolic journey to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.