During the encounter, Francis heard testimony about the lives and ministries of Sister Mary Daniel Abud and Sister Regina Roba, who were killed in a violent attack in South Sudan in 2021.
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Kiir said his 2019 meeting with Pope Francis was especially meaningful for him, as he grew up in an area of South Sudan that was evangelized primarily by Catholic missionaries, from whom he has learned much.
Pope Francis on Thursday interacted with an enthusiastic crowd of 65,000 young people and adults, some of whom traveled days to be present for the papal visit.
The Pope emphasized that charity, in the Christian sense, is about raising people ‘back up to their dignity’ rather than treating those in need like statistics.
‘To every family that grieves or is displaced by the burning of villages and other war crimes, to the survivors of sexual violence and to every injured child and adult, I say: I am with you; I want to bring you God’s caress. He gazes upon you with tenderness and compassion…’
‘As if to insist on the point, Jesus told the disciples once more: Peace be with you! We are called to make our own this inspired and prophetic message of peace and proclaim it before the world.’
‘May the world acknowledge the catastrophic things that were done over the centuries to the detriment of the local peoples, and not forget this country and this continent.’
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Two of the young migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo have albinism, a condition that affects the pigmentation of the skin and has been a cause of violent discrimination in the Congo.
Pope Francis in Iraq: Full Text of the Pope’s Address at Baghdad’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Salvation
Pope Francis spoke to the Church leaders and Iraqi Catholics gathered on the first day of his historic three-day trip to Iraq, praising them for their faithful witness to Christ amid years of adversity.