27 November 2011

South Sudan: President Kiir Advocates Government-Church Cooperation

press release

Yei — The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit said joint efforts and cooperation between the government and the church will lay a strong foundation for peace and stability among the communities in the Republic of South Sudan.

H.E Kiir made the remarks today when addressing the faithful in the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Yei River County organized held at the "Christ is the King Parish" in Yei, under the theme "Service with the power of the Cross".

President Kiir congratulated all the citizens of Yei River County for the success they gained in the last elections and referendum which brought the real freedom for all the people of South Sudan. H.E Kiir called on Yei River citizens to remain united in good and in difficult situations. He also congratulated Bishop Arkulano Lado Tombe, Bishop of Yei Diocese for keeping the diocese united in serving God and preaching peace and reconciliation among Yei River citizens.

President Kiir warned those seeking to destabilize livelihood in South Sudan that they will surely face justice. He gave direct orders to the Commissioner of Yei River County not to allow bars to operate during working hours and take necessary measures against anyone who violate the directives.

On his part Archbishop Lukudu Loro described the 25th anniversary of Bishop Arkulano Lado Loro in serving God as a miracle in the history of the Catholic Church. Bishop Lukudu announced to the brethren that more dioceses will be suggested by the bishops of South Sudan and the suggestion will be forwarded to the pope for approval. Bishop Lukudu urged the faithful not to surrender to the weaknesses of the body but serve God and build his church.

The Commissioner of Yei River County Rtd. Maj. Gen. Elia Wai Wai said the church and the County government are working together in addressing challenges of the people. He appealed to the national government to avail tractors and other agricultural inputs to help the citizens of the county in agriculture.

Arkulano Lado, the Bishop of Yei Catholic Church called on the faithful to hold on the power of the cross and be a symbol of reconciliation in the church and the community of South Sudan.

The occasion was attended by bishops and representatives of all the Catholic dioceses from South Sudan and the Republic of Sudan among them the Archbishop of Juba Diocese Paulino Lukudu Loro.

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