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Pope makes final bid for peace, forgiveness in South Sudan

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate mass at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba, South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. Francis is in South Sudan on the second leg of a six-day trip that started in Congo, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Juba, South Sudan AP Pope Francis made a final appeal for peace in South Sudan on Sunday as he celebrated Mass before tens of thousands of people to close out an unusual mission by Christian religious leaders to nudge forward the country’s recovery from civil war. On the last day of his African pilgrimage, Francis […]

Pope offers “wings to your hope” to displaced children in South Sudan

People wait before Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with priests, deacons, consecrated persons and seminarians at the Cathedral of Saint Therese during his apostolic journey, in Juba, South Sudan, February 4, 2023. REUTERS/Yara Nardi

Juba, South Sudan Reuters Pope Francis on Saturday met South Sudanese children displaced by conflict and heard of the hardships of their lives in camps, telling them they would build a better future for the world’s newest country by replacing ethnic hatred with forgiveness. People wait before Pope Francis arrives for a meeting with priests, […]

Pope implores South Sudan’s leaders to end bloodshed, recriminations

From left, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Pope Francis, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields arrive at Juba's Presidential Palace, South Sudan, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. Francis is in South Sudan on the second leg of a six-day trip that started in Congo, hoping to bring comfort and encouragement to two countries that have been riven by poverty, conflicts and what he calls a "colonialist mentality" that has exploited Africa for centuries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Juba, South SudanReuters Pope Francis began a visit to South Sudan on Friday with an impassioned plea to its fractious leaders to turn their backs on the violence, ethnic hatred and corruption that have stopped the world’s youngest country from achieving peace and prosperity. South Sudan broke away from Sudan to become independent in 2011 […]