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Pope's envoy is gladly welcomed by South Sudanese believers

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The Associated Press

Associated Press

Deng Machol

Juba, South Sudan (AP) — Hundreds of people bravely confront the scorching sun on Tuesday, Pope Francis to Juba, the capital of South Sudan. We welcomed the envoy of. Many were disappointed when the Pope canceled his trip to this East African country last month.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, was accepted by religious leaders, senior government officials, and hundreds of people who sang and danced on his arrival.

"It's a good opportunity for us," said the nun Sister Adriana. "We should be blessed."

Another nun, Sister Flexicita, said: I was able to greet him and kiss his ring. Because it's a blessing.

Francis canceled his scheduled trip to two African countries, South Sudan and Congo, in July at the direction of his doctor because of his knee problems. Palolyn said on Tuesday that the Pope was ready to visit South Sudan.

"It is a great pleasure for me to stay with you for a few days to celebrate, pray, and meet people on behalf of the Holy Father Pope Francis," Palolyn told reporters. Told. Juba airport.

The Pope was trying to promote peace in South Sudan and Congo, a country that has long fought deadly violence, before he had to cancel his trip.

South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, responded to the first outbreak of civil insecurity in December 2013 in a political dispute between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar. Remains vulnerable.

Later this week, Palolyn will visit a remote camp for internally displaced persons. He will also meet with domestic Kia, Machar and UN officials.

"South Sudan feels blessed soon after Pope Francis decides to come and visit South Sudan," said senior presidential adviser Kuol Magnan Juk. .. "The entire government is pleased to accept (Palorin), and the inhabitants of Juba and South Sudan and all Catholic churches are pleased with his visit."