Pope Francis’ insistence that he preside at a prayer service for peace in South Sudan and Congo is a clear sign of his support and the support of the Church, a missionary sister said.
Sr Yudith Pereira-Rico, associate executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan, said the religious orders organising the prayer service on 23rd November asked Pope Francis “to participate in some way and he said, ‘No, I’m presiding.’ So for us, it’s a huge support and also for the people of South Sudan.”
Sr Yudith, a member of the Congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, spoke at a Vatican news conference on Thursday 16th November to announce the prayer service as well as a roundtable discussion in January on building peace in the two suffering African nations.
The goal of both events “is to show that peace is possible and we can do it together,” she said.
Solidarity with South Sudan is an international network of religious congregations that was formed to train primary school teachers, health care workers, pastoral agents and sustainable farmers from all ethnic groups in country with the hope they would learn tolerance and reconciliation along the way.
Picture: Refugees from South Sudan unload food items from trucks at a camp in Moyo, Uganda. (CNS photo/James Akena, Reuters).