Currently, choirs and other Christians at Catholic Archdiocese of Juba are preparing themselves for the installation of Bishop Stephen Martin Ameyu Mulla on 22nd March, 2020 as Archbishop of Catholic Archdiocese of Juba. Bishop Mulla is replacing Bishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, who is currently the Apostolic Administrator at the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba. It was not easy to the management of Vatican to reach to this stage of taking decision on installation of Bishop Mulla on scheduled date.
A lot of bad things had happened when the announcement was made in December, 2019. Bishop Mulla was rejected by some Christians of specific at the Diocese. On Sunday 8th of this month a group of people gathered at Kator Cathedral and had a peaceful demonstration against the coming of Bishop Mulla. Addition to that some people were beaten and injured in the process of making demonstration. Priests of the same diocese were divided because of him.
So many things happened among the few mentioned above. As human being it was not easy to accept the position and coming to work with the same people who rejected you (Bishop Mulla). That is why I wrote this piece of information to advise you as an elder brother to forgive those who have done wrong to you as mentioned above. You remember the suffering of Jesus Christ until He was crucified and died on the cross. We are in fasting period, preparing for Easter celebrations, during this time Christians all over the world are remembering the suffering of Jesus Christ, when He was crucified and died for our sins. You are not far from it. You are coming to carry the cross of Archdiocese of Juba; “you cannot do it if you don’t forgive.”
Let what happened remain in history at the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, but forgive all of them and open new chapter with them, a chapter of love, unity and reconciliation with one another. You unite those priests and plant love among them. That is the way of doing things as Christian. Consider those who made crisis during your announcement as they don’t know what they were doing.
South Sudan is in peace atmosphere, I want you to bring peace in Archdiocese of Juba. So that Church and government will operate in peace environment. Together with you, development would move in the country. I know churches are doing a lot of developmental projects like schools, hospitals and others as part of building the country.
On the other hand, Bishops, priests, Christians and other church personnel at the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba are to do the same, to cooperate with Bishop Mulla. All of them are to forgive each other, reconcile and welcome Bishop Mulla in a peaceful manner.
May God bless us all.