Pope Francis in South Sudan

Pope Francis waves at the crowd of 1.5 million people who attended the closing Mass of World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal on Aug. 6, 2023. | Vatican Media.

What countries did Pope Francis visit in 2023 and what did he say?

Dec 30, 2023

Despite advanced age and health challenges, the pope visited six countries on three continents in 2023.

Kids in Tombua, South Sudan | Sudan Relief Fund

After Pope Francis’ Visit, South Sudan Relief Charity Sees Renewed Interest and Prayers

Feb 26, 2023

Earlier this month, Pope Francis became the first pope — indeed, the first Western leader — to visit South Sudan. Amid an enthusiastic welcome, more than 100,000 people attended his papal Mass Feb. 5 in the capital city of Juba, during which the pope made an impassioned plea for peace in the war-torn nation.

Pope Francis met 2,500 internally displaced persons during his visit to Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. Elias Turk/CNA

“Courage to hope for peace”: IDPs in South Sudan Recalling Encounter with Pope Francis

Feb 17, 2023

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 met young people and adults from the Diocese of Rumbek in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media.

Meeting Pope Francis "a dream come true" for South Sudanese Youth

Feb 11, 2023

“We thought we were just going to go and see the pope. But actually it has turned in to something life-changing for all of us who have taken part in it,” Sr. Orla Treacy said.

Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the Name of Jesus, Lay Down the Weapons of Hatred

Feb 5, 2023

At a Mass in South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn African country to make “a decisive contribution to changing history” by refusing to repay evil with evil.

Pope Francis meets a boy living in an IDP camp during a gathering in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Meets 2,500 Refugees in South Sudan

Feb 5, 2023

Pope Francis was greeted by cheers and ululations on Saturday as he arrived at a meeting with roughly 2,500 South Sudanese refugees.

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Holds Moment of Silence for Slain Priests and Religious in South Sudan

Feb 4, 2023

Pope Francis held a moment of silence Saturday for priests and religious who have been killed in South Sudan.

Pope Francis addresses South Sudan’s government and members of the diplomatic corps Feb. 3, 2023. / Vatican Media

"No more bloodshed," Pope Francis Begs South Sudanese Leaders on Day 1 of Pilgrimage

Feb 3, 2023

On the first day of his peace pilgrimage, Pope Francis begged the leaders of South Sudan to work together to put an end to bloody conflict in their country.

Pope Francis landed in South Sudan on Feb. 3, 2023, becoming the first pope to visit the country and fulfilling a yearslong hope to carry out an ecumenical trip to the war-torn country. / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Lands in South Sudan, Fulfills Yearslong Dream to Nation in Civil Strife

Feb 3, 2023

The pope has called his Feb. 3-5 visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, a “pilgrimage of peace.”

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019. | Vatican Media

The Pope kissed His Feet. Who is the Cowboy-hat-wearing President of South Sudan?

Feb 2, 2023

Pope Francis, as part of his visit to Africa this week, is meeting with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, this Friday. He will meet the leader for a photograph before retreating to a private setting for a talk. 

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023. | Centro Astalli

Pope Francis Meets with Refugees from Congo and South Sudan Before Flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

Before departing on his flight to Africa on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis met with a group of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Vatican.