Pope Francis Kneels, Kisses Feet Of South Sudan’s Rival Leaders (Video)

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Pope Francis has shown a grand gesture of humility by kneeling down to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and opposition leader Riek Machar.

The 82-year-old pope who left visitor stunned by the act, did so at the end of talks at the Vatican to secure peace between the two rivals in the war-ravaged country.

The Pope who suffers from chronic leg pain, was helped by aides as he knelt with difficulty to kiss the shoes of the leaders.

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“I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward,” he said after he performed the rare gesture.

Recall that President Kiir and rival Machar, clashed in 2013 leading to a civil war that left 400,000 people dead. They, however, signed a peace agreement last year that brought the war to an end.

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