South Sudan: Catholic Church's Independence Celebrations Planned

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Juba — A three-day symposium under the theme "One church from every tribe, tongue and people" organized by the Catholic Church will start tomorrow in Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba.

This was announced today by Bishop Erkolano Tombe of Yei Diocese in Juba. Bishop Tombe said the symposium is organized as part of the Catholic Church's celebrations of the independence of South Sudan.

Bishop Tombe said the objective of this symposium is to remind the participants of the role of the Catholic Church in South Sudan and in the Sudan. He further said it intends to remind participants of the prophetic role played by the Catholic Church before and after the independence of Sudan and until the recent independence of South Sudan.

He added that it is also intended to identify the challenges the church has faced and continues to face. More still, he said, the symposium expects to outline the role of the church in evangelization, service delivery, reconciliation, justice, peace building and further to draw a roadmap for a better South Sudan and the Sudan.

Bishop Tombe explained that the church is a universal church and that the political divisions cannot divide the church particularly with the Christian brothers in the North Sudan.

He explained that this symposium will be the first of its kind in the history of the Republic of South Sudan to be organized by the Catholic Church and that it will draw participants from different Catholic Dioceses in South Sudan and the Sudan, sister churches, the government of South Sudan, NGOs, university lecturers and students, and the public in general.

He said key organizers behind the symposium are the Bishop Erkolano Tombe of Yei and Auxiliary Bishop Santo Loku Poi of Juba, the local clergy, Comboni missionaries, Solidarity with South Sudan, Catholic Radio Service (CRS), and lay people.

The Yei Bishop asserted that the three-day symposium will be concluded by a thanksgiving mass at the St. Therasa's Catholic Cathedral in Kator on 16th October 2011.

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