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Pope returns to Vatican as six-day Africa visit ends

Pope Francis is due to fly out of South Sudan accompanied by two British church leaders after celebrating mass in the Christian-majority nation.

South Sudan Pope Pope Francis was greeted by jubilant crowds during his visit to South Sudan and Congo.
February 6, 2023
6 February 2023

Pope Francis is set to return to the Vatican after his six-day visit to Congo and South Sudan.

Before his departure from Juba, Francis plans to celebrate Mass in the South Sudanese capital on Sunday morning.

During the trip, the pope urged the people and politicians in South Sudan, which is plagued by armed conflict, to pray for peace.

He was accompanied and supported by two Protestant church leaders from the former colonial power Britain: Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Church Justin Welby and Church of Scotland Moderator Iain Greenshields.

As as result of its colonial past, the country is now a Christian-majority nation with the largest denominations being Catholic, Anglican or Episcopalian and Presbyterian. The church leaders represent these three strands of Christianity.

Welby and Greenshields plan to travel back to Rome together with Francis, who is due to land in Rome at in the late afternoon.

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