South Sudan’s leaders on retreat
For two and a half days the religious and political leaders of South Sudan have been on retreat at the Vatican. “The leaders leave renewed and committed [themselves] to the task of working for peace, striving for reconciliation and seeking justice for the 13 million people [of South Sudan] whose prayers and hopes they all carry” said Fr Orobator, the retreat director. Before leaving on Thursday 11th April, Pope Francis begged them to stay the course of peace and in a moving and unprecedented gesture, he knelt and kissed their feet. The retreat was proposed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of the Anglican Community, Justin Welby.