The Pope’s “pilgrimage of peace” to South Sudan with leaders of the Anglican and Reformed traditions is the first of its kind in Christian history.
Churches can’t remain neutral in South Sudan, Pope says
Pope Francis says churches in South Sudan “cannot remain neutral” and must raise their voices against injustice and abuse of power as he and two other Christian leaders conduct a peace mission to the world’s newest country.
On his first full day in South Sudan, Francis addressed Catholic bishops, priests and nuns in the Cathedral of St Therese in the capital Juba as the Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Church of Scotland held services elsewhere.
South Sudan broke away from Sudan in 2011 but plunged into civil war in 2013 with ethnic groups turning on each other.
Despite a 2018 peace deal between the two main antagonists, bouts of inter-ethnic fighting have continued to kill and displace large numbers of civilians.