Juba, South Sudan, Nov 27, 2017 / 19:00 pm
The Catholic bishops of South Sudan urged Catholics to join Pope Francis in a prayer for peace in the newest African country, which has been entrenched in a three yearslong civil war.
On Nov. 23, Pope Francis presided over a prayer service at the Vatican for South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The event was organized by the humanitarian organization "Solidarity with South Sudan."
"Let us pray with our Holy Father for the grace to see every human being as a child of God, regardless of tribe, regional attributes, race, language or culture," Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio, President of the Conference of Catholic Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan, said in a statement released Thursday.
"We have to pray together with Pope Francis indeed for the wisdom to receive the stories and experiences of those different from ourselves and to respond with respect."