Pope Francis picks representative for Juba’s visit

Pope Francis picks representative for Juba’s visit
Pope Francis picks representative for Juba’s visit

Africa-Press – South-Sudan. Pope Francis will be represented by Cardinal Pietro Parolin during the official visit to South Sudan in July. The Pontiff was supposed to personally tour Juba between July 5 and 7 but the visit was postponed due to a knee injury that has confined him to a wheelchair for a couple of months.

The visit, however, will still take place, on the planned date, only that the head of the catholic will be represented by the Italian cardinal.

“I have been directed by his grace archbishop Stephen Ameyu M. Mulla, archbishop of Juba, to officially announce the visit of his Eminence Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the secretary of state at the Vatican, scheduled to take place, Tuesday, 5 of July through 7th of July, 2022.

He comes as Palpal delegate to South Sudan in the days of the aforementioned. I request this official announcement to be ever put without fail to wider circulation beginning with Sunday 26, June 2022 at all the 18 parishes and numerous archdiocese of Juba,” said a statement signed by Fr Nicholas Kiri, Vicar general, Catholic Archdiocese of Juba.

Kiri added the Pope’s representative will conduct mass on Thursday, 7of July at Dr John Garang Mausoleum at 10 am though the notice whether he will meet political leaders and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as was to be the case with the Pope.

Cardinal Pietro also doubled up as the Vatican’s Secretary of state since October 2013. He has also served as a member of the Council of Cardinals Advisers since July 2014.

Pietero was perhaps picked by the Vatican because of his vast experience in African affairs. He has previously served in the diplomatic service of the Holy See for 30 years, including terms in Nigeria, Mexico and Venezuela.

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