Rome Newsroom, Feb 4, 2023 / 10:25 am
Pope Francis was greeted by cheers and ululations on Saturday as he arrived at a meeting with roughly 2,500 South Sudanese refugees.
“You are the seed of a new South Sudan, a seed for the fertile and lush growth of this country,” the pope said, addressing people who are living in refugee camps after being forced to leave their homes because of conflict or flooding.
A choir of 50 internally displaced persons (IDPs) sing in the Nuer language as they wait to meet Pope Francis in South Sudan.— Hannah Brockhaus (@HannahBrockhaus) February 4, 2023
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The meeting with internally displaced persons (IDPs) took place at Freedom Hall in South Sudan’s capital of Juba, where Pope Francis is undertaking a pilgrimage of peace from Feb. 3-5.