A community thriving on hope: the testimony of the Church in South Sudan
Juba (Agenzia Fides) - "The Church in South Sudan consists of an archdiocese and six suffragan dioceses most of whom have celebrated their first centenary of Christian Faith. Like the rest of the church in Africa, the question that the church in Africa grapples with is, "what is it that it can fully carry out in order that its message maybe relevant and credible". (Ecclesiae in Africa, 21). And referring to the Evangelii Gaudium, the question is, "how can the church in South Sudan present the Gospel as the source of joy to those who encounter Christ? (Evangelii Gaudium, 1)": is what Father Morris Ibiko, (Phd), priest of the Catholic diocese of Tombura-Yambio says, in a study entrusted to Agenzia Fides and published on "Omnis Terra" website.
"The Church in South Sudan - continues the priest - has been able to withstand the turbulences of its history because of its presence with the people. The church leaders have never deserted their people during tough times, and they remained the only voices to contend with even when all other voices went silent. It is a church that is embedded in the reality and life situation of the people and thus bringing Christ as a faithful companion for people on their journeys of life. Through the various ministries of the church to the people in refuge and displaced to camps, to the bereaved families, to the orphans and homeless, the traumatised and afflicted, strangers and those excluded from participation and share of the services of the society, the church in South Sudan is able touch the lives of the people in a more profound and way. In this way our church compounds and premises are oasis of peace to all people. Our church institutions are melting-pots for all diversities of ethnicities and affiliations in a country torn apart by divisions, hatred and wars". (...)