Pope Francis yesterday, the feet being kissed by the South Sudanese leaders for a retreat of 24 hours of prayer and contemplation to visit him.
The leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar were impressed by the powerful gesture of the 82-year-old pope, who with difficulty – he suffers from chronic pain in his legs – for them knelt.
South Sudan, which is predominantly christian, it tore itself in 2011 of the mainly Arab-muslim north, but two years later broke into the fledgling nation a civil war along ethnic lines.
The pope begged Kiir and Machar to the file is from september last year to respect and peace, not to jeopardize. Next month in South Sudan, a unity government is formed, but there is nervousness that the legercoup in the northern neighboring country of Sudan the fragile file in South Sudan is in danger can bring.