- Jan 25, 2020
After almost five years of civil war, South Sudan’s leaders agreed to a new peace plan in September, but its implementation is spread over several months. A church leader in the African country says that’s good news.
The Vatican confirmed on Friday that history’s first pope from Latin America will visit the country, in an attempt to help cement the peace process and the agreement signed by the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC rebel group.
Congo’s bishops are concerned regarding the outcome of a government-opposition peace accord, reached in the final minutes of 2016. In a statement they said that “there was no real will to tackle the problems quickly” and that the church-brokered deal might not be able to bring peace to the conflict that has claimed nearly 6 million victims.
Although a ‘Yes’ vote is likely on Oct. 2, Colombians remain deeply divided over a peace agreement reached in Havana between the government and the guerrillas. In an exclusive interview for Crux, the Colombian bishops’ number two explains why bishops are not telling people which way to vote — only that they must.
Although Pope Francis has voiced his support for a peace deal to end Colombia’s long-running civil conflict, he balked at direct Vatican participation in a new truth commission, as criticism builds that the deal may be too generous to the country’s insurgents.