February 12, 2014
APPEAL - “During the night, Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words: ‘ Come over to Macedonia and help us’” (Acts: ch. 16, v.9).
Greetings of peace to you. We, the Bishops of South Sudan, gathered in conference in Juba are moved to write to you about the urgent needs in the Dioceses of South Sudan.
We are saddened by the violent conflict that erupted in Juba, the capital of our young country of South Susan, on 15th December, 2013. The violence spread rapidly through some parts of South Sudan, setting back the course of development in this young nation. During this emergency meeting of our Catholic Bishops, we looked firstly at the root causes of the conflict ant why it has spread so rapidly to some regions of our country. The most affected areas are in the Dioceses of Malakal which covers three States: Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity State.
The pastoral resources of the Church in this Diocese are sparse: much of the Diocese of Malakal is noto evangelized. Just as St Paul had a vision of the Macedonian people imploring him to come and help them, so were are moved to seek the services of more priests, sisters and brothers to carry out evangelization and peace building. We are appealing to you, the various leaders of religious congregations and institutes, to consider seriously coming to our dioceses, particularly the Diocese of Malakal, to help us build Christian communities.
No doubt the conditions will be challenging an difficult in the rural areas, but we need zealous missionaries who can undertake primary evangelization. The increased presence of the Church among the pastoralist communities would help provide development and stability.
Yours sincerely in Christ.
H G Paulino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop of Juba
H L Erkolano Lodu Tombe, Bishop of Yei
H L Rudolf Deng Majak, Bishop of Wau
H L Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of Tombura Yambio
Msgr Roko Taban Mousa, Apostolic Administrator of Malakal
H L Santo Loku Pio, Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Juba
Fr John Mathiang, Coordinator of Rumbek
Absent with Apology
Msgr Thomas Oliha Attiyah, Apostolic Administrator of Torit
Fonte: SCBC – SSS, Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference
South Sudan Secretariat, P.O. Box 258 Juba, South Sudan
4th February, 2014