“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.”