Skip to content

Archbishop of Canterbury joins Pope Francis to co-host South Sudan retreat

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes

By (CNA/EWTN)
4/10/2019 (2 months ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

The leaders of the newest country in the world will meet this week in the smallest country in the world.

Highlights

By (CNA/EWTN)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
4/10/2019 (2 months ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis, South Sudan


Vatican City, (CNA) - Vatican City will host the leaders of war-torn South Sudan for a spiritual retreat April 10-11, with the goal of facilitating "encounter and reconciliation, in a spirit of respect and trust" for those who have "the responsibility to work for a future of peace and prosperity for the South Sudanese people," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said April 9.

The retreat, co-hosted by the Vatican Secretariat of State and the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has the potential to be a peacebuilding effort that is "both ecumenical and diplomatic at the same time," Gisotti said.

Each retreat participant will receive a gift of a Bible signed by Pope Francis, the Anglican Primate Justin Welby, and the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland Reverend John Chalmers. The Bibles will be inscribed with the message, "Seek that which unites. Overcome that which divides." The spokesman did not disclose which translation of the Bible will be gifted.

The highest civil and ecclesial authorities of South Sudan will participate in the "propitious occasion for reflection and prayer" in Vatican City's Santa Marta guesthouse, including the South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Riek Machar.

Archbishop John Baptist Odama of Gulu, Uganda, and Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, S.J., president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Africa and Madagascar, will provide the preaching during the retreat.

Pope Francis will also provide remarks at the retreat's conclusion April 11.

Meanwhile, protests in neighboring Sudan have been gaining momentum with thousands of people protesting the regime of President Omar al-Bashir in the streets of Khartoum this week.

Sudan's economy was badly hit when South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 and took with it 80 percent of oil revenues. The European Union called for peaceful democratic reforms in Sudan in a statement released April 6.

Shortly after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011, a civil war broke out in the new country, between forces loyal to President Kiir and rebel groups led by Machar, the former vice president.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict, which has left 2.1 million people internally displaced, and another 2.5 million refugees in neighboring countries, according to the United Nations.

Following a tenuous peace deal signed September 12, South Sudan's Catholic bishops have been outspoken in their serious concerns with the agreement, calling the treaty "fatally flawed" because it does not address the root causes of the conflict.

Catholic Relief Services says that the Catholic Church is "one of the few institutions in South Sudan that has the credibility, capacity, and presence to effectively address concerns affecting society at large."


Comments


More Europe

Polish priest ordained after cancer diagnosis dies Watch

Image of

A young Polish priest who was ordained last month following a terminal cancer diagnosis has died, his community announced Monday. Warsaw, ... continue reading


Amazon Synod to consider possible ordination of married men Watch

Image of

The working document for the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazonian region, released Monday, recommends study of ... continue reading



Pope Francis: Whatever happens, 'hope does not disappoint!' Watch

Image of

Hope, which is more than mere optimism, gives one a deep-rooted confidence in the love and care of God, no matter what has happened, Pope ... continue reading


Trial date set for Argentine priests accused of abusing deaf children Watch

Image of

Two priests accused of sexually abusing minors at a school for deaf children in Argentina will stand trial Aug. 5. Mendoza, Argentina, ... continue reading


Lead by example, not documents, Vatican abuse expert tells Polish bishops

Image of

As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican expert on ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Deacon Keith Fournier Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you. Help Now >

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.