Pope Francis sends Cardinal Turkson to pursue peace in South Sudan
Pope Francis, Cardinal Turkson, South Sudan
(from Zenit) Pope Francis has sent Cardinal Peter Turkson as his special envoy to pursue peace in war-torn South Sudan.
According to Vatican Radio, the Pontiff sent the Ghanaian president of the Pontifical Council to the African nation to urge for an end to violence in the country and to help establish dialogue and trust between the warring parties.
This week, the African prelate traveled to the nation’s capital of Juba to give support to the archbishop and to meet with the country’s leaders. He also carried with him a letter from Francis for President Salva Kiir and one for Vice President Riek Machar who are historic enemies and represent the different ethnic groups.
South Sudan, for almost a year, has been trying to emerge from a civil war caused by political rivalry between the Vice President and the president. Violent clashes across the city have left tens of thousands of people dead since December 2013 and a recent flare-up of fighting has caused more casualties, scores of displaced people and a serious humanitarian crisis…