Home News The Pope bids farewell to South Sudan hoping that they lay down their weapons of hatred and revenge

The Pope bids farewell to South Sudan hoping that they lay down their weapons of hatred and revenge

by admin
The Pope bids farewell to South Sudan hoping that they lay down their weapons of hatred and revenge

“Hope is the word I would like to leave each one of you,” he said, after a three-day visit.

Pope Francis said goodbye to South Sudan, where he arrived this Friday from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), wishing hope and reconciliation for a country that suffers so much after a bloody civil war and a major humanitarian crisis, but also for all the African continent.

“Hope is the word that I would like to leave each one of you, as a gift to share, as a seed that bears fruit,” Francis said in the final greeting after a massive mass celebrated in front of more than 100,000 people, according to local authorities. at Juba’s John Garang Mausoleum.

During a mass before nearly 70,000 people, his call to lay down the weapons of hatred and revenge, in a country that is trying to implement peace agreements after a bloody civil war that has torn apart South Sudan.

And he added that “hope, especially here, is found in the sign of women and for this I would like to thank and bless all the women of the country in a special way.”

«I would like to entrust the path of reconciliation and peace to another woman, the greatest and at the same time the smallest, the tallest and at the same time the closest to us, to each one of us. I refer to our tender Mother Mary, the Queen of peace,” the pope continued.

To Mary, the Pope entrusted “the cause of peace in South Sudan and in the entire African continent, where so many of our brothers and sisters in faith suffer persecution and danger; where so many people suffer from conflict, exploitation and poverty.

See also  False PDO hams: no trial for three defendants, they will do public utility work

Also “peace in the world, in particular the many countries that are at war, such as the tormented Ukraine.”

«I repeat it, they are in my heart, they are in our hearts, they are in the hearts of Christians around the world! Never lose hope. And don’t miss the opportunity to build peace. May hope and peace dwell in you. May hope and peace dwell in South Sudan,” the pope concluded at the end of his tour of Africa.

At the mass in Juba, Francis had reiterated his call to lay down the weapons of hatred and revenge in a country trying to implement peace accords after a bloody civil war.

«In the name of Jesus, of his Beatitudes, let us lay down the weapons of hatred and revenge to take up prayer and charity; let us overcome the antipathies and aversions that, over time, have become chronic and threaten to pit tribes and ethnic groups against each other; let us learn to put the salt of forgiveness on the wounds, which burns, but heals», Pope Francis said in this final act.

He also called on Catholics to show themselves “people capable of creating bonds of friendship, of living fraternity, of building good human relationships, to prevent the corruption of evil, the morbidity of divisions, the dirt of illegal businesses and the plague of injustice prevail.”

“We Christians, even when we are fragile and small, even when our forces seem few to us in the face of the magnitude of the problems and the blind fury of violence, we can make a decisive contribution to change history,” he added.

See also  The appeal to reopen the emergency room starts from Frassinetto

Francis was accompanied on this visit by the leader of the Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, since the country has a significant presence of these confessions.

His intention was to fully implement the peace agreement that was signed between the different factions in 2018 and that they promised to comply with during the retreat in the Vatican, where the historic gesture of the pope who kissed the feet of the South Sudanese leaders took place.

For now, the pope has wrested from President Salva Kiir Mayardit the promise that he will lift the blockade he was maintaining in order to sit down and negotiate the peace agreement with the resistance groups.

After his last act in Juba, Pope Francis will return to Rome after a six-day trip.


You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy