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Pope Francis kisses feet of rival South Sudan leaders

12 April 2019 01:37 pm - 11     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Pope Francis has kissed the feet of South Sudan's previously warring leaders during a two-day spiritual retreat at the Vatican.

"I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward," the 82-year-old pontiff said after he performed the rare gesture.

President Salva Kiir and his rival, the former rebel leader Riek Machar, clashed in 2013 leading to a civil war that left 400,000 people dead.

But they signed a peace agreement last year that brought the war to an end. (BBC)



  Comments - 11

  • doc Friday, 12 April 2019 03:33 PM

    Did Jesus preach all these??

    Malcolm Friday, 12 April 2019 03:42 PM

    Yes Jesus demonstrated humility when he washed the Disciples' feet during the Last Supper and we as Christians are commanded to demonstrate our humility and love.

    Dee Friday, 12 April 2019 03:38 PM

    This is really weird. It's hard to understand what's going on. Why?

    rob Friday, 12 April 2019 03:46 PM

    It takes truly humble man to do such an act..

    Bala Balaraman Friday, 12 April 2019 04:06 PM

    truly a man of god.if only we and our leaders can take a leaf out of this humble act peace can be a reality.

    Jayasena Friday, 12 April 2019 06:29 PM

    Ok you say like that. But will you ever do it yoursef? I dont think.

    Peace loving Human Friday, 12 April 2019 05:03 PM

    The people who guided by teachings of Jesus will only appreciate this kind of gestures, others will always find fault as most of them are lost in their day to life.

    Modaya Friday, 12 April 2019 06:42 PM

    Christians came to our country or native America from Europe were not this nice. By time they have become more and more civilized. We are honored to have a figure like Pope Francis watching over humanity.

    Brad Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:19 PM

    Your name suits you. This is just propaganda. Not they really mean it. They are fooling masses

    Samanala Perera Saturday, 13 April 2019 10:32 PM

    Once one becomes a toe jam pervert, nobody can stop him. Rival or neighbour' s wife, the feet is his target at any cost

    Anthony Salomone Sunday, 14 April 2019 07:17 AM

    Not worried about germs when kissing shoes...only about kissing his ring!

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