Italian-born missionary shot twice in South Sudan

Newly elected Bishop of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. Christian Carlassare receives First-Aid treatment from AMREF’s Flying Doctors before being taken to Nairobi | Photo: Courtesy

Thessherald—An Italian-born missionary, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has been shot twice by unidentified gunmen in Rumbek, South Sudan, prompting nationwide condemnation on social media.

Fr. Christian Carlassare was recently appointed as the Catholic Bishop of Rumbek Diocese.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Lakes State Acting Information Minister William Kocji said that the unknown gunmen had ordered the bishop to open his door before they began shooting him twice in the legs.

The bishop was attacked by two gunmen who went to his residence at the church compound and asked him to open his door, after failing to open, they started shooting at the door before forcing their way in,” the state official said in a brief statement.

He’s currently receiving treatment in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

Since the country descended into conflict in mid-December 2013, Rumbek has been a hotbed and fertile ground for criminal activities.

The proliferation of illegal firearms in the hands of civilians continues to weaken and impede law enforcement efforts in the country.

‘Repent of your wicked ways,’ religious leader tells Kiir and Machar

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File
South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar Teny | Photo: File

Nov 10, 2020 (Thessherald)–A South Sudanese religious leader, Rev Karlo Okoy, has urged South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit, and his Deputy, Dr. Riek Machar to repent of their wicked ways and turn to God for a lasting peace to prevail in the country.

“Dear South Sudanese blind leaders and citizens- you still have a long way to suffer. You will never have peace and good economy in these lands of Biblical God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, prophets and the present disciples of Jesus Christ until you destroy all the false gods which are tearing the nations and the economies,” the religious leader lamented.

Rev Karlo Okoy

He appeals to the citizens not to make room for evil deeds and become gateways of the devil.

“Usually when God becomes angry because of our bad deeds, Satan implements God’s anger or wrath into action. He is like a vulture that awaits for the dead to lie down and eat.”

“It is Satan that brings famine, diseases, Sudanese have been ignoring this Biblical God and continued to kill themselves for the last 65 years since British left the country 1956.”

“If God gave Moses power to take his people from Egyptian slavery back to their promised lands around 1100 BC, what about me?”

‘Pray at home’ Chief bishop directs churches, colleges to close over COVID-19

(Thessherald)–In the wake of the spreading pandemic virus, The Most Rev. Dr. Justin Badi Arama, Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and The Metropolitan Bishop of Juba Diocese on Tuesday issued directives, urging all Christians to conduct prayers indoors on Sundays.

“Dear fellow servants and Christians, Lent greetings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” said the religious leader in a press release.

“With reference to the presidential statement on coronavirus and the directives given by the Ministry of Health in regards to preventive measures and how to minimise the infection and spread of the coronavirus amongst our population, we hereby give the following directives to the Church,” the statement added.

“On Sundays, all Christians should remain at home and pray from home with their own families until we get directives from the government that it is safe to congregate again.”

The religious leader directed churches and colleges to honor President Kiir’s directives on the prevention the spread of coronavirus.

“All Church schools and colleges are to be immediately closed until further notice.”

“Only Bishops, pastors, Lay Readers and Evangelists should continue to keep the light of prayers burning daily in the Churches to intercede for God’s mercy and protection upon the people of South Sudan.”

He called on the citizens to strictly follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.

“We must all follow the preventive measures given by the Ministry of Health. S. Although the Cotonavirus has disabled our fellowships, social life and physical touch, we should continue to touch each other’s hearts with words of encouragements and prayer through phone calls.”

The head of the Episcopal Church underscored the pandemic virus might be a sign of a warning from God, telling us to repent of our sins.

“All what is happening could be that God is telling us to repent, humble ourselves in prayer, fasting, and reconcile with God and one another to cement peace in our nation. O Lord have mercy, hear our prayers and proietyour people.”