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Pope Francis Is Considering Trip to South Sudan

Francis Explained at All Saints Anglican Church of Rome That He Is Considering a Visit With Archbishop Welby to the African Country, As Requested by Local Bishops

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“I’m studying, my colleagues are studying, the possibility of a trip to South Sudan.”
Responding to a question on “better and more creative” relations between Catholics and Anglicans in the South of the world, and observing the vitality of the Church’s young churches, Pope Francis confided that he is concretely thinking of visiting the African country scourged by war and great famine, which affects almost half of the population.
The Q & A took part in the midst of the Pontiff’s historic visit to Italy’s largest Anglican congregation on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
All the Bishops of South Sudan, “the Anglican, the Presbyterian and the Catholic,” the Holy Father explained, had asked him: “Please, come to South Sudan, only for a day, but don’t come alone, come with Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.”
“This request came from them, the young Churches,” the Pope commented the Pope, noting that “while the situation is awful down there,” “we are considering whether it can be done.”

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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