Juba, South Sudan, Mar 16, 2017 / 14:34 pm
Amid war, displacement and hunger, South Sudan's day of prayer must lead to true repentance, a leading Catholic bishop has said.
"Our call to prayer must be sincere and honest!" Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro of Tombura-Yambio emphasized. "For this prayer to become historical and meaningful for us today we must repent and sin no more!"
Bishop Hiiboro, president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops' Conference, spoke in Yamibo on the March 10 day of prayer.
The country has been embroiled in civil war since December 2013, when South Sudan's President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy, Riek Machar, of attempting a coup. The war has been fought between their supporters, largely along ethnic lines, and peace agreements have been short-lived.