SOUTH SUDAN VATICAN

Pope Francis's Juba trip planners navigate precarious landscape

Pope Francis receives the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, 2019.
Pope Francis receives the President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, 2019. © AbacaPress/Reuters
In 2019, Pope Francis spectacularly involved himself in the South Sudanese peace process when he kissed the feet of the country's leaders. The visit he is currently planning to make to Juba with the UK's Archbishop of Canterbury will be less political, but it might indirectly help speed up discussions between the government and rebel groups who have still not signed up to the 2018 peace deal. [...] (382 words)
Issue dated 18/01/2022 Reading time 2 minutes
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