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Caritas South Sudan Director: Pope's visit can "help us specially to mantain the peace"


The Vatican's confirmation of Pope Francis' trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan has been a source of joy for Caritas South Sudan. The organization is already preparing for the visit that will take place from January 31 to February 5.

GABRIEL YAI KUOL AROP
Executive Director, Caritas South Sudan

The visit of the Pope we are going to prepare. And there's a committee, which is formed already by the government of South Sudan and the Church. So we're ready to receive the Pope.

The director of Caritas in South Sudan believes that the Pope's visit can strengthen peace in the country, which gained independence in 2011. But from 2013 to 2019, it has been embroiled in a civil war.

GABRIEL YAI KUOL AROP
Executive Director, Caritas South Sudan

It will mean a lot because actually this country we're suffering. There is many issues Pope can really help us specially to mantain the peace in the country because now we have relative peace and we hope that this peace will continue so that we live peacefully in our country.

The Vatican has made efforts to help promote peace in South Sudan. With Pope Francis' trip to the country, the people hope he will help cement a still-fragile peace.

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