23 November 2017 – Some sisters from the SSpS Generalate Community joined Pope Francis, in Saint Peter’s Basilica yesterday evening, praying for Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This prayer servtice was organizred by “Solidarity with South Sudan” in association with Justice and Peace office of religious organizations worldwide. The SSpS have three sisters who are members of the Solidarity with South Sudan Project, namely: Srs. Leema, Raquel and Maria Fe.

The event in Saint Peter’s was part of a worldwide initiative inviting Christians everywhere to join in prayer for peace.

Pope Francis in his remarks following the readings, said, “May the risen Lord break down the walls of hostility that today divide brothers and sisters, especially in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. May He comfort those women who are victims of violence in war zones and throughout the world. May He protect children who suffer from conflicts in which they have no part, but which rob them of their childhood and at times of their life itself.”

After reflecting on what Pope Francis said, I thought, therefore, we, as missionaries working in South Sudan, need to continue to believe and trust that the kingdom of God will sustain all those who day by day strive to combat evil with good and with words/deeds of respect and solidarity. We continue to pray for peace in the world especially in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sr. Maria Yosefina Neno, SSpS – Rome