Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Bishop William Kenney have released a statement regarding recent violence in Juba, South Sudan.
In the statement, the two bishopsÂ refer to the surge in violence as a âtragedyâ and requestÂ that âviolence should cease and that people whatever their differences should build a nation of peaceâ.
The bishopsÂ go on to convey their concern that the violence may prevent South Sudan, the youngest country in the world, from developing into a âsuccessfulâ nation.
The statement expresses their condolences for the families who have lost loved ones and those who have fled the capital in search of safety and food. They appeal to Cafod to find ways in which humanitarian assistance can be provided.
In their concluding remarks, Cardinal Nichols and Bishop Kenney write: âWe pray for peace and calm, and ask the Catholic Church in England and Wales to pray for the people of South Sudan. We ask the Lord to âput an end to warâ and to âbreak the bowâ and âsnap the spearâ.â
The statement comes after increased political tension and violence in the capital between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir Mayardit and those faithful to the vice-president James Wani Igga.
South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011.Â There is a fear that the fighting might result in the country returning to civil war.