Pope Francis is scheduled to land in Juba, South Sudan, today, Friday, Feb. 3, after spending three days visiting the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The people of the young, struggling country of South Sudan are deeply loved by Maryknoll missioners who have been blessed to serve on mission there, including two missioners currently in South Sudan – Lay Missioner Gabe Hurrish and Fr. Mike Bassano.
The pope will be joined in Juba by the Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of the Church of Scotland. Before leaving Rome on Jan. 29, Pope Francis said “together, as brothers, we will make an ecumenical pilgrimage of peace, to entreat God and men to bring an end to the hostilities and for reconciliation.”
Pope Francis has asked for prayers for the journey and peace for the people of South Sudan. The goal is to reinvigorate the peace process and to give the people hope for peace.
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