Today saw the birth of a new state: South Sudan
It has been a long gestation.
Hopefully now the war in Darfur is at an end and the persecution of Christians will forever cease.
The Pope has sent a delegation to the independence celebrations to underline the importance of the event. Many of the citizens of South Sudan are Catholic.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that the international community should support both Sudan and South Sudan, "so that, through frank, peaceful and constructive dialogue, they may find just and equitable solutions to outstanding questions."
"At the same time," he said, "[the Holy See] expresses the hope that those peoples will enjoy a journey of peace, freedom and development."