By Amos Fofung
President Salva Kiir Mayardit, of South Sudan, the worlds’ newest nation, has been received by Pope Francis, Vatican news reported.
The press office of the Holy See on March 16, 2019 made public details of Pope Francis’ meeting with the President of the Republic of South Sudan at the Vatican.
According to the communique, discussions focused on the bilateral relations between the Holy See and the Republic of South Sudan, as well as the contribution of the Catholic Church in the educational and health field, and in the process of reconciliation and reconstruction of the war torn-Nation.
Other issues touched on included questions concerning the implementation of an agreement recently reached by various political elements, with a view to the definitive resolution of the conflict, the return of refugees and displaced persons, and the integral development of the country.
In this context, Pope Francis expressed the wish that conditions for a possible visit to South Sudan might be met, as a sign of closeness to the people and encouragement to the peace process.
It is not the first time the Pope has said he wants to visit the Republic of South Sudan. In 2017, his trip had to be called off because of security reasons.
South Sudan gained independence in 2011, the country has been plaque with civil which threatens the growth and expansion of the nation.