- Apr 10, 2020
A controversy surrounding the installation of a new archbishop of Juba has met stiff resistance, with a group of clerics and laypeople rejecting the Vatican’s choice.
After Pope Francis promised government and opposition officials in South Sudan last year that he would visit the country if they were able to implement a long-delayed peace agreement, the visit came one step closer to becoming a reality when leaders sealed that deal over the weekend.
According to a leading figure striving to help South Sudanese leaders to make good on their promise to form a transitional government as part of a peace deal that has been several times delayed, all parties involved are making good progress.
As he does every year, Pope Francis issued a special blessing on Christmas, offering prayers of peace for migrants and all countries facing violent conflict and asking Christians to do their part in showing God’s love in their daily actions.
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.