- Dec 7, 2019
Members of one of South Sudan’s main opposition coalitions which is firmly against the current proposed peace deal met in Rome earlier this week, thanking Pope Francis for his continued support for the country and appealing to one of the most politically influential Catholic groups to lend a hand in negotiations.
Pope Francis and Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury, spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, said they would travel together to South Sudan if the country’s leaders fulfill their promise to form a transitional government by late February.
After today’s deadline for political leaders in South Sudan to implement a peace agreement allowing them to form a government was again postponed, Christian leaders in the country have urged their people not to lose hope.
Catholic charities in East Africa are struggling to deal with the severe floods that have affected over 2.5 million people in the region.
Pope Francis on Sunday called for South Sudan politicians to salvage a tenuous peace deal and to bring a definitive end to conflicts to the African nation, which he announced he intends to visit in the coming year.
Peace efforts in South Sudan should focus on ending people’s suffering rather than political power-sharing, the country’s bishops said.