Vatican official in South Sudan on ecumenical papal visit

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As soon as the Vatican confirmed the date of the visit, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Vatican Nunciature in South Sudan said, “We will communicate with the people of South Sudan because this is something they have been waiting for. “.

The Vatican official called on SCBC members “to continue to pray for the Pope’s visit and to engage Christians especially in prayer for the Holy Father to make his plan a reality.”

“I think it is important to continue to pray for the visit of the Holy Father”, Mons. Strejac told the Catholic Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan on October 25.

He added, “We also need to do all the other preparations at different levels in the parishes and dioceses so that the whole country is ready to welcome the Holy Father even though not all of them will come to Juba.”

On September 20, Msgr. Stephen Ameyu Martin of the Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan said the papal ecumenical visit was pending the “official announcement” of the Holy See.

In an interview with Radio BakitaBishop Ameyu said the Catholic Church in South Sudan is already making preparations pending the official announcement from Rome.

“The Holy Father recently said that he still wishes to visit South Sudan and suggested the month of February,” the Archbishop of South Sudan’s only metropolitan see told Radio Bakhita.

June 10, Matteo Brunithe director of the press office of the Holy See, announcement the postponement “with regret” of the third trip of the Holy Father to Africa.

“At the request of his doctors, and in order not to compromise the results of the therapy he is undergoing for his knee, the Holy Father has been forced to postpone, with regret, his Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of Congo and to South Sudan, scheduled for July 2-7, at a later date to be determined,” Bruni said.

Pope Francis suffers from a torn ligament in his right knee, a condition which has limited his ability to walk. On May 19, he used a wheelchair in a public meeting, the first time he has done so publicly since being discharged from hospital after colon surgery in July 2021.

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