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Pope calls for peaceful end to S. Sudan conflict

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February 10, 2014 (JUBA) – The global head of the Catholic Church on Monday expressed concerns about the crisis in South Sudan, calling for peaceful resolution of weeks of fighting in the country.

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Pope Francis recieves the flag of South Sudan from Choul Laam (Vatican photo)

Pope Francis made this remarks during a brief discussion with Choul Laam, the chief of staff for the detained secretary general of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), Pagan Amum at St. Peters in the Vatican.

Amum and four others are facing treason charges in connection with an alleged failed coup attempt in the capital, Juba last year.

The Pope, according to a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, explored the possibility of providing spiritual guidance to the country’s leaders and its citizens.

“The Pontiff expressed his profound concern about the ongoing hostilities and human suffering in South Sudan,” partly reads the statement.

The head of the Vatican was also presented with a South Sudanese flag to symbolise the unity that currently exists among its people.

“It is because of the flag that the people [of South Sudan] are all united despite ethnicity, political affiliation and religion,” Laam said in a brief statement.

The Pope accepted the present and promised to continue to pray for the country and hoped for peaceful co-existence among the South Sudanese people, he added.

At least 850,000 people are homeless and thousands killed following the violence that broke out in Juba, later spreading to three of South Sudan’s 10 states.

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  • 11 February 2014 08:54, by Mi diit

    Let Pope pray for this Kiir the defiler of catholic church choirs and underage girls. He should first be oriented on the catholic faith before talking sense into him about politics.

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    • 11 February 2014 09:02, by Mi diit

      Mr. Chuol Lam who is from the greater Nasir county in Upper Nile state and former office manager for Pagan Amum should explain the situation well to the catholic Pope. He should ALSO tell Pope about the sexual lifestyle of Salva Kiir who impregnated an underage teenager in the Kator catholic church in Juba.

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    • 11 February 2014 18:50, by Peacocktail

      His Lordship. Much grace Pope Francis should sent his Papal Representative as Peace Envoy to South Sudan to support Kiir Collapsing Government otherwise we shall be lawless with current tribal wars and double hatred among South Sudanese. Pray for your good grace. H.E Lordship Pope for devils leaders,

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  • 11 February 2014 08:59, by Marco Bul

    There solution is:Any rebellion should be collectively crushed to maintain stability.

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    • 11 February 2014 11:53, by moto

      FOOLS BELIEVE WHAT HE SEE.NOT YET

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  • 12 February 2014 08:26, by siddaw

    It’s nothing but a prayers which is needed in South Sudan to restore peace and stability in our bonafid land. For how long are going to be suffering in the hands of an empty headed jungs who perfected their crooked ways to loot our hard earned cash.
    WE SHOULD NOT FOLLOW THOSE 2 BLIND PLONKERS.

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