11/14/2019, 09.16
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Pope hopes to go to South Sudan with the Archbishop of Canterbury

The desire could be fulfilled if - as a press release from the Holy See Press Office states - "the political situation should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the end of the agreement signed in recent days in Uganda" .

Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (pictured) intend to travel together to South Sudan, if the situation on the ground makes it possible.

The desire of the Pope and the Archbishop was announced at the end of the visit made yesterday afternoon by Msgr. Welby in the Vatican. The Archbishop of Canterbury was accompanied by Ian Ernest, archbishop director of the Anglican Center of Rome and representative of the Anglican Communion to the Holy See.

The desire could be fulfilled - as a press release from the Holy See Press Office stated - "if the political situation in the country permits the creation of a transitional government of national unity in the coming 100 days, according to the timing set by the recent agreement signed in Entebbe, in Uganda, it is their intention to visit South Sudan together" .

The communiqué adds that "during the friendly discussions, the condition of Christians in the world was mentioned, as well as certain situations of international crisis, particularly the sorrowful situation in South Sudan".

Francis had expressed his desire to go to the tormented African country last Sunday, at the end of the Angelus Marian prayer.

The Pope and the Archbishop are particularly attentive to South Sudan. This was exemplified by the spiritual retreat of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities of the country, which was held in April at the Vatican. Archbishop Welby proposed bringing together the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of the African country at Casa Santa Marta to Francis with the aim of offering the Church an opportunity for reflection and prayer, as well as for  encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust, to those who at this moment have the mission and responsibility to work for a future of peace and prosperity for the South Sudanese people.

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