An ecumenical spiritual retreat led by Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury at the Vatican ended with Pope Francis kissing the feet of South Sudan’s political leaders. The unprecedented two day retreat was organised in an effort to support the South Sudanese fragile peace deal. The political leaders present at the retreat are expected to form a national unity government under a fragile peace deal designed to end six years of civil war in the world’s newest country.
Pope Francis shocked the church and political leaders present at the retreat in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the official Vatican guest house which is also home to Pope Francis, when he broke off from his prepared remarks to make a personal plea to Sudan’s political leaders.
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