A picture of the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis k!ss!ng the feet of South Sudan’s rival leaders has gone viral.
In the picture, Pope Francis is captured kneeling and k!ss!ng the feet of rival leaders from South Sudan in Rome
The move by the Pontiff is to encourage the leaders to promote peace in the war-torn country.
This is the first time the Pope has accorded such gesture to political leaders.
At the closed two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked South Sudan’s president and opposition leader to proceed with the peace agreement despite growing difficulties.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 but two years later the country plunged into a bloody civil war, which left at least 400,000 people dead.
The two-day Vatican meeting was held a month before the end of the shaky peace deal’s pre-transition period. On May 12, opposition leader Machar is expected to return to South Sudan and once again serve as Kiir’s deputy.