VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has met with the president of South Sudan and informed him that he nonetheless hopes to go to the nation “as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace course of.”
Francis met with President Salva Kiir within the Apostolic Palace on Saturday. Later, the president met with the Vatican secretary of state and overseas minister.
The Vatican stated the talks targeted on the nation’s peace process, the return of refugees and future improvement.
Francis had needed to go to South Sudan in 2017 with the archbishop of Canterbury, but safety circumstances interfered.
Meeting with Kiir, Francis “expressed the want to confirm the circumstances for a potential visit to South Sudan, as a sign of closeness to the population and of encouragement for the peace process.”