Juba, 17 February, 2023 / 9:23 pm (ACI Africa).
Days after interacting with Pope Francis, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in South Sudan have said the encounter gave them “courage to hope for peace” in their country.
Pope Francis held a meeting with some 2,500 IDPs at Freedom Hall in South Sudan’s capital of Juba on February 4, the second day of his visit to the East-Central African nation.
The encounter also included prayers led by the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields and the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who presided over the final blessing of participants in the February 4 event.
In a Wednesday, February 15 interview with ACI Africa, two IDPs who were part of the meeting with the Holy Father urged authorities in South Sudan to “put into practice the message of the religious leaders and bring peace to the nation.”
“We need peace to come so that we are able to go home and live our normal life,” Mary Nyamal told ACI Africa, and added, “The Holy Father’s visit gives us courage to hope for peace.”