In the Vatican Pope Francis met with the President of southern Sudan Salvator Kiir. The meeting was attended by the Vice-presidents of the country, the former rebel leader Riek Machar, as well as religious hierarchs. During the meeting, the Pope knelt down to kiss the feet of the country’s leadership in the name of preserving peace.
The meeting was held on the initiative of Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury (the spiritual head of the Church of England). At first Pope Francis even himself was going to visit South Sudan. As a result, the “spiritual meeting” was held in the Vatican.
Pope Francis urged the President Salvator Kiir, his former Deputy, became the leader of the rebels Riek Machar, and the Vice presidents to respect the ceasefire that they signed in the autumn of last year, and to commit themselves to form a unity government next month.
During the meeting, the Pope knelt with the help of his assistants to kiss the feet of the country’s leadership. He called on the two main opponents not to return to the civil war.
“God has given us, political and religious leaders, the important task of being the guides of his people, and that is why there will be more demand from us. Then we will be asked how well we have worked for the benefit of the people and the world”, Francis said, FreeNews reports.