January 28, 2023

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New date for ‘Pilgrimage of Peace’ to South Sudan

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The Pope, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Normal Meeting of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, will make an historical Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage to South Sudan from 3-5 of February subsequent yr.

The long-awaited consult with was once because of happen in July of this yr, however was once postponed after the Vatican introduced that the Pope would no longer have the ability to trip on recommendation from his docs.

The consult with was once promised all through a non secular retreat held on the Vatican in 2019, during which South Sudanese political leaders dedicated to operating in combination for the nice in their folks.

 Iain Greenshields Justin Welby
Peacemakers – Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields and Maximum Rev Justin Welby.

The 3 non secular leaders have incessantly spoken in their hopes to consult with South Sudan – to face in unity with its folks as they face the demanding situations of devastating flooding, common famine and persisted violence.

Pope Francis has mentioned: “I call to mind South Sudan and the plea for peace coming up from its individuals who, weary of violence and poverty, look ahead to concrete effects from the method of nationwide reconciliation.

“I wish to give a contribution to that procedure, no longer on my own, however by way of making an ecumenical pilgrimage along with two expensive brothers, the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the Normal Meeting of the Church of Scotland.”

Kids of God

The consult with is an remarkable ecumenical partnership between Pope Francis, Archbishop Justin Welby and Dr Greenshields.

Pope Francis
Pope Francis.

Credit score – Dicastero in keeping with l. a. Promozione dell’Unità dei Cristiani

This shared pilgrimage, witnessing to their cohesion in Christ, the Prince of Peace, after centuries of historical department, will mirror the probabilities of peace and the promise of hope.

The Moderator mentioned: “This can be a privilege to be becoming a member of the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury in this historical Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Peace to South Sudan; we come as servants of the International Church, to accompany the folks in South Sudan as they search to provide expression to Jesus’ phrases that ‘blessed are the peacemakers for they are going to be referred to as the youngsters of God.'”

The central occasions of the 3 leaders’ Peace Pilgrimage will probably be a gathering with internally displaced individuals in Juba’s Freedom Corridor on Saturday, the 4th of February, adopted by way of an Ecumenical Prayer assembly on the John Garang Mausoleum.

The folk of South Sudan had been persistently within the leaders’ prayers for a few years, making it an important day as they sign up for along with them in individual.

Peace promised by way of Christ

Archbishop Justin Welby has mentioned: “After a lot ready, I’m very happy that this historical consult with to South Sudan with Pope Francis and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland will probably be happening.

“In combination we proportion a deep want to face in unity with the folks of South Sudan, to check and renew the commitments its leaders made on the Vatican in 2019.

“We pray for the Holy Spirit to be at paintings all over and after this consult with, bringing the peace promised by way of Christ.

“Please pray for the folks of South Sudan.”

All the way through their time in South Sudan, every of the 3 leaders can even have quite a few different encounters with native church and civic teams.

The Christian communities of South Sudan have a legacy of tough witness to their religion.

Via operating in combination, they have got been an indication and tool of the reconciliation God needs for his or her entire nation and all of advent.

This consult with goals to construct on and reenergise that legacy at a time when peace stays fragile.


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