Viral Video: Pope Francis Kisses Feet of The Leaders of South Sudan for Peace

Published April 14th, 2019 - 06:56 GMT

Moving video of Pope Francis kneeling to kiss the feet of South Sudan leaders at the Vatican, to maintain the peace between them without returning to the civil war, has been widely circulating on the internet.

The 83-year-old Pope who was aided by his assistants was seen in a video posted by the Vatican kneeling to kiss the feet of President Salva Kiir Mayardit then moving to Vice President-designate Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior in a step that broke the papal protocol.

“I’m asking you with my heart,” the Pope said to Salva Kiir, and the opposition leader, Riek Machar. “Stay in peace,” he added.

This comes during a 2-day spiritual retreat in the Vatican city for the South Sudan leaders who had been in years of civil war before signing a peace agreement in 2018 in Ethiopia.

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