Pope Francis knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s formerly warring leaders, in a dramatic signal after an unparalleled retreat at the Vatican.
Pope, nevertheless, advise them to not return to a civil war. He also pleads to President Salva Kiir, his former deputy turned rebel leader Riek Machar, and three other vice presidents to respect any peace concurrence they signed and commit to establishing a unity government in May.
“I am querying you as a brother to stay in peace. I am cross-examining you with my heart, let us go ahead. There will be many problems but they will not overcome us. settle your problems,” Francis said in his remarks.
The Sudanese leaders materialize to be stunned as the 82-year-old pope, helped by aides, knelt with struggling to kiss the shoes of the two main opposition leaders and various other people in the room.
The Vatican brought jointly South Sudanese leaders for 24 hours of prayer and address inside the pope’s house in the last ditch attempt to heal bitter severance a month before the war-devastate nation is due to set up a unity government.