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Pope meets president of South Sudan

KAMPALA (SE): Pope Francis met with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, at the statehouse of the president of Uganda in Kampala on November 27.

Vatican Radio reported that the pope and the president held a 15-minute private meeting.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Holy See Press Office, said that the meeting was private and, that its purpose and the pope’s intention for it was obviously in service of the peace and reconciliation in the land.

In 2011, South Sudan declared independence from Sudan and since late 2013, it has been embroiled in civil war. The conflict started after Kiir had a falling-out with his vice president, Riek Machar.


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