The Pope’s call for peace has not quelled the violence in South Sudan, which has been unstable since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011.
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin explained the kind of help the Vatican can offer in an effort to address the plight of those impacted by the war between the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Rapid Support Forces. He also expressed Pope Francis’ closeness and prayers to the people.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin this week encouraged the people of God in the east-central African country to continue to work toward building a united nation by embracing a spirit of peace and reconciliation.
The apostolic nuncio in South Sudan said the visit by Cardinal Pietro Parolin is an extension of the ‘care and love’ of Pope Francis.
‘Along the way, in all the villages we passed through, there were people who were full of joy to see young people. I think we were the hope, somehow, for all the people who were seeing us and a hope for the country,’ recalls Bishop Christian Carlassare of the nine-day pilgrimage to meet Pope Francis.
Sister Orla Treacy reflects on the blessings of the peace pilgrimage.
‘This country, so beautiful yet ravaged by violence, needs the light that each one of you has, or better, the light that each one of you is…’
Pope Francis discussed the importance of working toward peace, but also emphasized the importance of prayer as a valuable means to foster peace.
The Holy Father addressed and met with people who are living in refugee camps after being forced to leave their homes because of conflict or flooding. Young people also shared their testimonies with the Pope.