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AFRICA: Pope’s Visit To South Sudan

Pope Francis will make an apostolic journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo, visiting the capital Kinshasa from 31 January to 3 February, before traveling to Juba, South Sudan, for an “ecumenical pilgrimage of peace.”

In South Sudan, the Pope will join the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, for a series of events up to 5 February. These will include meetings with people displaced by famine and continued violence and an ecumenical prayer service. South Sudan has been afflicted by civil war since 2013, with Church leaders acting as mediators in the sporadic peace negotiations. A report published last week by Global Rights Compliance said that the government is using starvation as a weapon of war against its own citizens.

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