On Thursday, Pope Francis bowed to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s formerly warring pioneers, in an emotional motion after an exceptional retreat at the Vatican.

Pope anyway asked them to not come back to a common war. He likewise spoke to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to regard any harmony understanding they signed and focus on shaping a solidarity government in May.

“I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward. There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. Resolve your problems,” Francis said in his remarks.

The Sudanese leaders seemed, to be dazed as the 82-year-old pope, helped by associates, stooped with difficulty to kiss the shoes of the two main opposing leaders and a few other individuals in the room.

The Vatican united South Sudanese pioneers for 24 hours of supplication and preaching inside the pope’s habitation in a last ditch attempt to heal bitter divisions a month prior to the war-desolated country is due to set up a unity government.

 

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