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Sudanese bishops invite Pope to visit

January 20, 2016

Pope Francis met on January 20 with the bishops of Sudan and South Sudan, and expressed his hopes for peace, especially in South Sudan.

Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro of Juba told Vatican Radio that he had invited the Pontiff to visit South Sudan, and Pope Francis had replied: "I am ready. I want to. But we have to leave everything in the hands of the Lord."

South Sudan, which won its independence from Sudan after a long and deadly civil war, has been embroiled in its own internal conflict since 2013, with thousands killed and as many as 1 million drive from their homes by the new fighting.

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