Pope Francis’ Envoy Welcomed By Faithful in South Sudan

Hundreds of people greeted Pope Francis’ envoy to South Sudan’s capital on July 5. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin was received by religious leaders, government officials, and hundreds of guests who sang and danced upon his arrival.

In War-Torn South Sudan, Starvation is Endemic

Some in the troubled African nation hoped Pope Francis’ visit would foster “reconciliation and peace.”  But because of his ailing knee, the Pope Francis will send the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Africa in his place. 

Vatican’s Top Diplomat Urges Unity, Reconciliation During Trip to Mexico

Cardinal Pietro Parolin took a June 18-21 trip to Mexico to celebrate the episcopal ordination of the new papal representative to Papua New Guinea. He also met with the local leadership of the Catholic Church ahead of a Monday meeting with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.