President Kiir names road after Pope Francis

Bida Elly David

The President of the Republic of South Sudan has christened a road after the name of the Catholic Holy Father Pope Francis ahead of his ecumenical visit to the country.

This development came during a comprehensive inspection of the highway by President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his team over the weekend.

The major aim for christening the high way after the Holy Father was to keep his holy legacy as well as offer him respect towards his theological mandate in the country.

In a statement posted on the Presidential Facebook page, President Kiir during his inspection exercise noted that the road would be called (Pope Francis road) offered as a gift by South Sudanese in honour of the Holy Father Pope Francis.

Pope Francis road, starts from Kololo to the Vatican Embassy, connecting to the airport.  

President Salva Kiir in the comprehensive inspection was joined by First Vice President Riek Machar Teny and Vice President for Services Cluster Hussain Abdulbagi Akol, and other senior government officials.

He said that the coming of the Pope alongside his counterpart would be a great moment of forgiveness and reconciliation among the citizens of South Sudan.

President Salva Kiir further more visited some of the facilities in preparation for the Ecumenical Peace Pilgrimage of Holy Father.

At the same note, the senior Presidential Advisor on National Security Affairs, Tut Gatluak said that South Sudanese should theologically purify their hearts in order to receive the blessings of peace and reconciliation as the Pope shall hold his ecumenical trip to Juba.

Tut said that it is necessary for all South Sudanese across the nation to whole heartedly pardon one another and consider brotherly and sisterly love as one of the elements to restore peace among them.

Gatluak urged citizens to put off their differences and consider dialogue and affirmative communication as a way to resolve differences.

Pope Francis is expected to arrive in Juba on 3rd February in accompaniment of; The Bishop of Canterbury and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Despite the former procrastination of his coming, Pope Francis alongside his counter parts has demonstrated positive efforts to ensure their coming without fail.

However, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church Stephen Ameyo Martin formerly said that the leading committee and the sub-committees were fully prepared despite few challenges faced.

He said that the church security committee would work jointly with the government forces to ensure peace and order during the occasion.

Finally, over 500 Catholic singers are on their closing days of training to welcome Pope Francis.

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