Juba, 12th September 2018. Pope Francis encourages Christians in South Sudan and the Sudan to continue being strong in faith amidst difficulties.
Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe says the Holy Father cheers the Bishops of the two countries undergoing war, to give confidence to their people to strong in their belief.
He tells CRN that “the Pope feels so sad about the hard situation” people of South Sudan and Sudan face.
Bishop Lodu discloses that the Pope promises to visit South Sudan “as soon as the way is opened”.
Secretary-General of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Sudan and South Sudan, Fr Peter Suleiman, says the Holy Father describes the church in the two countries as a “living martyr”.
Authorities of Vatican pledged to work hard to get new bishops for the vacant dioceses of Torit, Rumbek, Malakal and Wau.
The Catholic leaders talked to CRN in Juba on Tuesday shortly after their arrival from Vatican, Rome in Italy through Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.