Pope urges South Sudan leaders to speed up peace process

Pope Francis has urged the leaders of South Sudan to speed up the peace process. Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Church of Scotland moderator Martin Fair urged South Sudan’s political leaders to implement the 2018 peace agreement, saying the “little progress” made is still insufficient. 

Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby, and Reverend Fair repeated their desire to visit the country in order “to bear witness to a changed nation, governed by leaders who… ‘hold hands, united… as simple citizens’ to ‘become Fathers (and Mothers) of the Nation.’” 

They concluded their Christmas greetings praying that South Sudan’s political leaders might “know greater trust among yourselves and a greater generosity of service to your people.” 

“We pray you know the peace that surpasses understanding in your own hearts and in the heart of your great nation.” 

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