Juba (Agenzia Fides) - The South Sudan Council of Churches yesterday organized a prayer meeting for ministers of the new unity government, which includes representatives of both of the formerly warring parties.
The meeting was held in Freedom Hall in Juba. According to information sent to Fides, the meeting was attended by some senior members of the government, but President Salva Kiir and First Vice President Riek Machar did not show up to the meeting.
The two leaders also failed to show up to a similar prayer meeting organized at the parliamentary affairs ministry last month.
Bishops Enock Tombe of the Episcopal Church and Paride Taban, Bishop Emeritus of Torit, a founder of the South Sudan Council of Churches, an organization that brings together the Catholic Church, the Episcopal Church of the Sudan, the Presbyterian Church of Sudan , the African Inland Church, the Pentecostal Church of the Sudan the Sudan Interior Church, were among the church leaders who attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Gender and Social Welfare Awut Deng Achuil called on the South Sudanese to forget the bitterness of the war, forgive and reconcile for the unity of the country.
Meanwhile, Minister of Cabinet Affairs Martin Elia Lomuro called on religious leaders to conduct more prayers for South Sudanese to promote a culture of peace and reconciliation among the people. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 22/06/2016)