Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Church of Scotland moderator Jim Wallace addressed South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the African country’s independence
VATICAN CITY (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – July 09, 2021) Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Church of Scotland moderator Jim Wallace addressed South Sudan’s political leaders on Friday to mark the 10th anniversary of the independence of the African country.
“Your nation is endowed with immense potential, and we encourage you to do even more to enable your people to fully enjoy the fruits of independence,” the message read.
Spiritual leaders noted that they remembered the visit of leaders from South Sudan, about 60% of the population of which is Christian, to the Vatican in 2019, aimed at encouraging national reconciliation. The authors of the message also remember “the heavy promises” made to them by African politicians.
“We pray that these promises will shape your actions, so that it becomes possible for us to visit and celebrate with you and your people in person, honoring your contributions to a nation that fulfills the hopes of July 9, 2011”, stated spiritual leaders.
South Sudan adopted its declaration of independence on July 9, 2011, officially separating from Sudan. In 2013, a bloody standoff broke out in South Sudan between the two peoples living in the country, forcing more than 2 million residents to leave. In 2018, the political leaders of the warring peoples finally signed a peace accord and pledged to a peaceful future for the country.