567 Views

Pope Kisses Feet of South Sudan Leaders, Urges Them to Maintain Peace

Pope Francis on Thursday knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican.

Pope however urged them to not return to a civil war.

He also appealed to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect any peace agreement they signed and commit to forming a unity government in May.

“I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward.

“There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. Resolve your problems,” Francis said in improvised remarks.

The leaders appeared to be stunned as the 82-year-old pope, helped by aides, knelt with difficulty to kiss the shoes of the two main opposing leaders and several other people in the room.

The pope’s words were made even more pressing as anxiety grew in South Sudan over whether Thursday’s coup in neighbouring Sudan could scupper a fragile peace deal that ended South Sudan’s brutal five-year civil war.

The Vatican brought together South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and preaching inside the pope’s residence in a last ditch attempt to heal bitter divisions a month before the war-ravaged nation is due to set up a unity government.

 

63 Comments

  1. Great weblog right here! Additionally your site quite a bit up fast!
    What web host are you the use of? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink to your host?
    I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol

  2. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your blog.
    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?
    A small number of my blog audience have complained about my website not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.
    Do you have any solutions to help fix this problem?

  3. I am not sure where you are getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.
    Thanks for fantastic information I was looking for this info
    for my mission.

  4. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your website provided us with valuable information to work on. You’ve done
    an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.

  5. My developer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP.

    I have always disliked the idea because of the costs.
    But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on a variety of websites for about a year and am anxious about switching to another platform.
    I have heard excellent things about blogengine.net.

    Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content
    into it? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  6. I just like the valuable information you provide to your articles.
    I’ll bookmark your blog and take a look at again right here frequently.

    I’m moderately sure I will be informed lots of new stuff
    right here! Good luck for the following!

  7. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different website and thought I should check things out.
    I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to looking into your web page for
    a second time.

  8. I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you design this website
    yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m
    looking to design my own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    appreciate it

  9. Greetings I am so happy I found your web site, I really found
    you by accident, while I was researching on Aol for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say
    cheers for a fantastic post and a all round entertaining blog (I
    also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look
    over it all at the moment but I have book-marked it
    and also added in your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read more,
    Please do keep up the excellent work.

  10. It is perfect time to make some plans for the longer term and it’s time to be happy.
    I have learn this publish and if I may just I desire to suggest you some interesting things or suggestions.
    Perhaps you could write next articles relating to this article.
    I want to learn more issues about it!

  11. Howdy this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG
    editors or if you have to manually code with HTML.
    I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I
    wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

  12. Hello there, I found your web site by way of Google while looking for a
    related topic, your web site came up, it appears great.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, simply changed into alert to your weblog thru Google, and located that it is really
    informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.
    I will be grateful when you proceed this in future. Many other
    folks will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  13. I like the helpful information you supply on your articles.
    I will bookmark your weblog and take a look
    at again here frequently. I am fairly sure I will
    be told lots of new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!

  14. I just want to say I’m beginner to blogging and site-building and seriously enjoyed you’re page. More than likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You certainly come with fantastic articles and reviews. Appreciate it for sharing with us your website.

  15. Everything is very open with a precise explanation of the challenges.

    It was definitely informative. Your website is extremely
    helpful. Many thanks for sharing! cheap flights 32hvAj4

  16. I’m more than happy to find this great site. I need to to thank
    you for your time for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every little bit of it and I have you book-marked to look at
    new things in your site.

  17. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is essentially a online game where you can do anything you want. sl is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life websites and blogs

  18. Have you ever heard of second life (sl for short). It is basically a online game where you can do anything you want. SL is literally my second life (pun intended lol). If you would like to see more you can see these second life articles and blogs

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*