Pope Francis is now trying with a very unusual gesture, to bring peace to the torn predominantly Christian country: When a visit of the two leaders of the parties to the conflict in the Vatican, he went in front of the two leaders in the knee, kissed you on the feet - and lost even his cap, called a Zucchetto.
"In other words, He will ask us to render an account not only of our own lives, but the lives of others as well", the pope said.More news: Nepal: At least three killed in airplane collision in Solukhumbu
According to DailyMail, the Pope encouraged the rival leaders, President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar to strengthen the country's peace process.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 with the backing of many western nations, but a civil war erupted two years later and killed at least 400,000 and displaced millions. "There will be many problems, but do not be afraid", he told the leaders, speaking without a text at the end of the meeting.More news: Feds bust father-son team who sold diseased body parts
"Sudan labored so hard to restore peace and stability and because of that we have the current prevailing peace agreement in South Sudan and it is a guarantor", Martin Elia Lomoro, South Sudan's Cabinet affairs minister, said in a meeting with worldwide cease-fire monitors.
In an exclusive interview with Reuters, Machar, who is slated to be first vice-president in the unity government, also said he is confident that the new military leadership in Khartoum will continue to guarantee the fragile South Sudan peace deal. "However, there will be little expectation that it will yield any real progress absent external pressure or an unforeseen change", Klem Ryan, former coordinator of the U.N. Security Council Panel of Experts for South Sudan, told Reuters. Years of civil war followed.More news: Protesters March in Tehran Against US Decision to Blacklist IRGC
"So we need to establish adequate security from the two forces so that our people can have confidence that this agreement will hold. So, as simple citizens, you will become fathers of the nation." . Welby had proposed the idea of the retreat to the pope.