Video and photos pop up of Pope Francis humbly kissing the feet of South Sudanese leaders

Video and photos pop up of Pope Francis humbly kissing the feet of South Sudanese leaders

In a new development that may hold varying meanings for different people, Vatican head, Pope Francis met with the leaders of South Sudan and ended up literally kissing their feet in apparent honour of their work.

The head of the global Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis kissed the feet of South Sudan's leaders while they were on a two-day spiritual retreat at the Vatican.

The South Sudanese delegation included former warring rebel leaders who clashed even after the country separated from the larger Sudan Republic.

According to the BBC, the pope told the South Sudanese delegation: "I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward."

President Salva Kiir and his rival, the former rebel leader Riek Machar, clashed in 2013 leading to a civil war that left about 400,000 people dead.

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In general, social media has received the pope's gesture as coming from a place of genuine humility.

There are however a few who have been left understandably confused.

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Argentine Pope Francis, whose real name is Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has been very vocal on the world stage on issues of inequality to lack of humble leadership among world governments.

He has in the past apologised on behalf of the Catholic Church to gays. He has also consistently mentioned how unfettered capitalism is not the way for the world to grow.

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