Breaking News: Pope Francis kisses the feet of South Sudan President Salva Kiir as he prays and begs for peace in that country.

Today in the Vatican: In an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis kisses the feet of South Sudan President Salva Kiir as he prays and begs for peace in that country.

Today concluded a two-day retreat at the Vatican for South Sudan’s political leaders. The pope begged the leaders to give peace a chance. At right is Vice President Riek Machar. (CNS photo/Vatican Media via Reuters)

Pope Francis always leads by example.This is a beautiful act of humility. May the Holy Spirit Bless this wonderful Pope.

What this gesture says is that I don’t care what you happen to think of me because this is not about me. I am begging you on behalf of the precious and innocent lives of others to please give peace a chance. That to me is raw humility and it also says that African lives matter in the world and to the Catholic Church.