Pope Francis has kissed the feet of South Sudanese dignitaries following his speech welcoming their peace agreement.
In a gesture which is considered to have broken protocol, Pope Francis got down on his knees and kissed the feet of President Slava Kiir Mayardit, and the Vice President designates Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng De Mabio.
The move follows the Pope’s speech to the representatives of South Sudan’s civil authorities hoping that the peace agreement which has been brokered between them will stick no matter the problems they may face.
For the people, the Pope said that he hoped the leaders will keep their ‘hands united’ and that ‘simple citizens, you will become Fathers of the Nation.’
Throughout the Pope’s speech, he focused heavily on instilling the value of Peace being achieved. He further referred to South Sudan’s leaders, telling them that there was ‘a supreme duty on the part of those with responsibility for the people.’