Ecumenical peace-making in South-Sudan

Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury to visit South Sudan together

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

November 13, at the Vatican, Pope Francis received His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

During the cordial talks, the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that, if the political situation in the country should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the expiry of the agreement signed in recent days in Entebbe, in Uganda, they intend to visit South Sudan together.

The decision follows Pope Francis earlier, in a meeting with the Ecumenical Council of Churches of South Sudan, expressing his desire to visit South Sudan.

The Council is an expression of the Ecumenical Council of Churches that was founded in 1965 as the “Council of Churches of Sudan” as a means to help the marginalized areas of Sudan.



What a good sign of the way in which Heads of Churches – when they decide to apply their commonality in Christ – can makes a united effort towards peace-making efforts in our world that might otherwise not be undertaken.

This unity in Christ has to be incarnated in joint action that will then supply real evidence of the fact that ‘in Christ’, those things that divide us cannot really be compared to the power of Christ to unite us and work through us. This current decision to work together in South Sudan, by the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury, can only serve to demonstrate that Christians, when they look past their institutional differences, can bring about outcomes that might otherwise seem impossible. As Gabriel said to Mary at her annunciation: “Nothing is impossible for God!” We just have to be open and willing for grace to enter into our conversations for God to close the gaps.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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