Statement on the Shooting of Bishop-Elect of Rumbek Diocese April 26. 2021
Thessherald—I have learned today with dismay the unfortunate incident that involved the Rt Rev. Christian Carlassare, Bishop elect of Rumbek Diocese, who was shot last night by the unidentified gunmen.
The reprehensible act of violence meted on him is unacceptable and it must stop. I call upon all South Sudanese to condemn the criminals who carried out this heinous crime in strongest terms possible. To ensure no such act is carried out against the clergy, I call upon authorities in Lake State to carry out an expeditious investigation that will lead to lawful apprehension and prosecution of criminals who perpetrated this crime.
If those who carried out this shameful act were doing so to intimidate the Church, they are sadly mistaken, The Catholic faithful Bishop Elect, Christian Carlassare, Was chosen to lead and authoritics in Lake State will stand by him and will not allow action of few criminals to affect die plans of ecclesiastical authority.
I pray for God to strengthen the Rt. Rev. Carlassare faith in serving our people so that he can come back to his flock with renewed determination to serve the faithful in the Diocese. I wish him speedy recovery. Salva Kiir Mayardit President, Republic of South Sudan Juba, South Sudan
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.