22 February 2013

Sudan: Vatican and S Sudan Establish Diplomatic Relations

Vatican — Vatican and the Republic of South Sudan have established diplomatic relations.

In a communiqué released Friday, February 22, the Holy See states that it has an intention to establish an Apostolic Nunciature in the African state. The communiqué says that the two bodies desire to promote bonds of mutual friendship have decided by common accord to establish diplomatic relations.

According to Zenit, an Apostolic Nunciature will be established in the Republic of South Sudan and an Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan will be established at the Holy See.

The Republic of South Sudan, officially recognized in 2011, is a member state of the African Union and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development.

There are an estimated 2 million Christians, mostly Catholics, among the population of 8.2 million.

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