To the Faithful, to all men and women of good will in the Sudan: "The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
The Pope was aware of all this. That is why he declared: "An important purpose of my visit is to appeal for a new relationship between Christians and Muslims in this land." ... The Pope was not alone in this. Some time before the Pope's visit, during his visit and in a number of meetings with Church Leaders, our Government has openly declared the beginning of a new era: "a new beginnging". It is the beginning the Pope referred to in his homily in the Green Square: "a new political system would be introduced, a system in which all citizens would be equal, without discrimination by reason of colour, religion or sex. ...that all legitimate diversities would be respected in a multi-ethinic, multi-cultural and multi-religious country; that all religions would be free in their religious activities." Following the visit of the Pope, there seems to be a more serious commitment to dialogue for peace. We hope that such a commitment will become irreversible.
"The universal suffering of millions of innocent victims impels me to voice my solidarity with the weak and defenceless, who cry out to God for help, for justice, for respect of their God-given dignity as human beings, for their basic human rights for freedom to believe and practice their faith without fear or discrimination." (Pope John-Paul II in Khartoum)