Pope Francis gives South Sudan nearly half a million dollars in aid

(CNS) With a trip to South Sudan postponed indefinitely, Pope Francis is sending close to half a million dollars (£400,000) to help two church-run hospitals, a teacher training centre and farming projects for families as a way to show the people there his solidarity and support.

A planned trip with Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury couldn’t happen this year as hoped, so Pope Francis “wants to make tangible the presence and closeness of the Church with the suffering people through this initiative ‘The Pope for South Sudan,’” Cardinal Peter Turkson told reporters at a Vatican press conference on Wednesday.

“He fervently hopes to be able to go there as soon as possible on an official visit to the nation; the Church does not shut hope out of such an afflicted area,” said the cardinal, who is prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. [More]

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