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Vol 60 No 8

Published 19th April 2019

South Sudan

'Not even the Pope'

An extraordinary display of humility by Pope Francis shocked the rival leaders but has not make the tenuous peace less fragile

On 10 and 11 April, South Sudan's rival warring leaders, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and former Vice-President Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon, met at the Vatican face to face for perhaps the last time before the two sides are due to form a unity government in May. The meeting was capped by the stunning spectacle of Pope Francis lowering himself to kiss each of their feet and plead with them to deliver peace. Despite the papal intervention, the May deadline looks increasingly in doubt.

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