Ameyu installed as metropolitan archbishop of Juba

By Opio Jackson

Thousands of the faithful turned on Sunday at St. Theresa Cathedral Kator Church to attend the installation of Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla the Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba.

In the attendant were four Bishops from within the country, President Salva Kiir, the First vice President Dr. Riek Machar and members of his cabinet.

Addressing the congregation, Archbishop Stephen said the Church is not about him or anybody but Jesus Christ, “the Pope Francis appointed me as the metropolitan archbishop of Juba, it is certain not my struggle, it is not my campaign,” he said. He added that it was the work of the Holy Spirit.

“There is a saying that says when the lightning strike you twice you will survive, we shall survive to proclaim the good of the Lord. There is always the Lord of surprise among us He can surprise us for a new mission,” Archbishop Stephen.

Ameyu was appointed late last year as the metropolitan archbishop of Juba taking over from Archbishop Emeritus Paulino Lokudu Loro. However his appointment caused tension in the Church with some of the laity and priests opposed to the move.

He thanked Holy Father Pope Francis for appointing him and all those who stood with him since his appointment, saying he has never felt stranger in the Archdiocese of Juba since he joined the seminary as a young boy and became a priest in the archdiocese of Juba.

“I know the devil was jealous with us, we have to reconcile in our Church in Metropolitan archdiocese of Juba. It is time to come up again,” he said.

Pope Francis has also appointed Archbishop Stephen Ameyu as the Apostolic Administrator of Catholic Diocese of Torit after the position of bishop in the Torit Diocese became vacant.

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