S Sudan declares Friday a public holiday to welcome Pope

The government of South Sudan has declared Friday February 3 a public holiday to welcome peace pilgrims.

Pope Francis, Archbishop of Canterbury and the moderator of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland will arrive at Juba International Airport on Friday at 3:00PM.

In a public announcement letter signed by Mary Hillary Pitia, undersecretary of the ministry of labor, all the government offices and institutions, UN agencies, diplontic missions, national and international organizations will resume work on Monday, February 6.

In his address on Sunday during the mass at Catholic St. Theresa Cathedral in Kator – Juba, President Salva Kiir called on all Christians in Juba to turn out in large numbers to receive the three religious leaders.

Upon the arrival of the visiting team, they will proceed to the presidential palace where they will hold a meeting with Kiir and his five vice presidents, civil society leaders and the heads of the diplomatic missions in South Sudan.

Among other protocols of the peace pilgrimage, the authorities banned the movement of cars during the three days of religious leaders’ presence in town.