Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury say South Sudan trip will be a ‘pilgrimage of peace’


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Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. / Vatican Media Vatican City, Might 7, 2022 / 09:45 am (CNA). Pope Francis has stated that he's wanting ahead to visiting South Sudan this summer time together with the archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the Church of Scotland in a “pilgrimage of peace.”In a joint-statement revealed by the Vatican on Might 7, the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace, joined the pope in urging leaders in South Sudan to comply with the “approach of forgiveness and freedom.”“On this Easter season, we write to share with you our joy as we have fun the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who exhibits us that a new means is feasible: a method of forgiveness and freedom, which allows us humbly to see God in each other, even in our enemies,” the assertion stated.“This path leads to new life, both for us as individuals and for these we lead. It is our prayer that you'll embrace afresh this manner, so as to discern new avenues amid the challenges and struggles right now. We pray too that your individuals will expertise the hope of Easter by way of your leadership. In anticipation of our Pilgrimage of Peace this coming summer time, we look ahead to visiting your nice nation.”Pope Francis is presently scheduled to journey to South Sudan’s capital city of Juba from July 5-7, following a July 2-5 visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo.If the journey takes place, Pope Francis will turn out to be the first pope to visit South Sudan, which turned the world’s latest country when it declared independence from the Republic of the Sudan on July 9, 2011.The nation in east-central Africa has a inhabitants of 11 million individuals, around 37% of whom are Catholic.In 2019, Pope Francis brought South Sudanese leaders together at the Vatican for a “religious retreat” aimed toward resolving their differences.The joint assertion from Pope Francis, Welby, and Wallace was revealed at a time when the pope is using a wheelchair as a result of a torn ligament in his proper knee. The 85-year-old pope has canceled his engagements on multiple occasions in current weeks because of knee ache.A previously scheduled papal journey to South Sudan with Welby was canceled in 2017 as a consequence of security considerations.