South Sudan, a landlocked country of 11 million people in east-central Africa, gained independence from the Republic of the Sudan following a referendum in January 2011.
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Father Charles Mbikoyo, who has been studying in Rome for a few years, is about to go back to his homeland to give hope and support to his people, traumatized by decades of war, and rehabilitate other former child soldiers.
‘I Offer the Pain I’m Going Through’: Shot Catholic Bishop-Elect Prays for Purification of South Sudan Diocese
Bishop-elect Carlassare was shot in both legs when two armed men fired multiple bullets at him after breaking into his room at the priests’ residence at Holy Family Cathedral in Rumbek in the early hours of April 26.
In the ACI Africa video Fr. Carlassare said, “Let us be united in prayer; let us be united with all our hearts to uphold forgiveness in our community."
The arrests follow a directive from South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to “carry out an expeditious investigation” into the incident.
Fr. Carlassare is in a stable condition, and reportedly told the superiors of the Comboni missionaries in Italy: “Pray not so much for me, but for the people of Rumbek who are suffering more than me.”
More than 10,000 people now seek shelter at St. Mary Help of Christian’s Cathedral in Wau, the country’s second-largest city.
The world’s newest nation is majority-Christian and fraught with violence — and the Church holds the keys to making peace a reality.
A Slovak nun and medical doctor died Friday from wounds she suffered in an attack last week.