An award-winning missionary magazine

POPE: Francis wants to go to South Sudan

Pope Francis has said he wishes to travel this year to war-ravaged South Sudan, together with the Archbishop of Canterbury (in photo with Pope Francis).

Answering questions put to him by parishioners of All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome during his visit to the Anglican community, the Pope said his “staff is studying the possibility of a trip to South Sudan, in response to an invitation from the Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic bishops of the country who, he said, “hope the presence of the Bishop of Rome and the Primate of the Anglican Communion can help pacification.”

Vatican Radio’s Debora Donnini asked the South Sudanese Bishop of Yei, Erkolano Ludu Tombe, whether his people would be happy to welcome the Pope: “Everybody, even the non-Christians, all South Sudanese are delighted to hear that the Pope may come to South Sudan,” Bishop Ludu Tombe said.

Independent since 2011, South Sudan, in 2013, became theater of a new and bloody civil war that, despite peace agreements, was reawakened in July 2016 among the groups that support President Salva Kiir belonging to Dinka ethnicity and those linked to former deputy, Riek Machar of the Nuer ethnic group.


Read These Next


SOUTH KOREA: Demographic decline

An aging population and a low birth rate represent a serious threat to South Korea, Asia’s fourth largest economy, especially now that it faces an economic slowdown. In order to counter the trend, the…

DEATH PENALTY: “No Punishment Without Hope”

Pope Francis, in a message sent to an international anti-death penalty event last June, condemned the use of the death penalty, saying it fosters vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of…

CHINA: Pope Pushes for Diplomatic Breakthrough

Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China which, for decades, has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony.

Share Your Thoughts


Loading Conversation

Sign up for the newsletter

Getting your own copy of "Friends of the Mission" is free. Sign up with your complete address to get one delivered right to your doorstep.

Kindly double check that the information you entered is correct and accurate. Thank you!