Answering to questions in the Anglican parish, Francis announces his intention to visit the African country at war together with the Archbishop of Canterbury
A one day journey to South Sudan, without spending the night in the country ravaged by war. An ecumenical journey similar to the one where Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew went to the Greek island of Lesbos to visit a refugee camp. This was announced by Bergoglio as he answered a question from an African seminarian during his visit to the Anglican parish in Rome Sunday, February 26, 2017.
Francis was talking about how ‘young Churches’, have a lot to teach us. He said: “Young Churches have more vitality and a strong need to work together. For example, I’m studying..my staff is studying the possibility of a trip to South Sudan. Why? Because the Anglican, the Presbyterian and the Catholic bishops have come to me and the three told me: “Please come to South Sudan, only for one day, but don’t come alone, come with Justin Welby,” that is with the Archbishop of Canterbury. From them, a young Church, came this creativity. And we’re thinking whether it is possible, the situation is so bad over there … But we must do it because they, the three together want peace, and they work together for peace … ” Bergoglio has pointed out how the ecumenical invitation came form leaders of the three main Christian confessions in South Sudan, who hope the presence of the Bishop of Rome and the Primate of the Anglican Communion can help pacification. Continue reading