Wau, 27 July, 2021 / 2:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The Parish Priest of a Catholic Mission of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has written to the regional government of the State blocking discussions about gold and silver suspected to be buried by early missionaries where the Catholic Parish now stands.
Fr. Lino Piny Makuac of St. Fatima Gordhim Parish told ACI Africa that many parties including a private mining company are now interested in the matter, adding that he has taken measures to put an end to discussions “about gold in the Church.”
“I wrote a letter to the Governor of Western Bahr el Ghazal that from now on there is no talking about gold in the Church, whether it is the government or the Church, no more meeting over the issue of gold in the Parish,” Fr. Makuac said in the Monday, July 26 interview.
He added, “We suspended discussions about that gold or silver thing. I don’t want to talk about it now; I don’t need any investigation. It will remain confidential for now. Our position as the Church is that we don’t want to talk about this matter that is a burning topic at the moment.”
The South Sudanese Priest said that he gave one copy of the letter to his Local Ordinary, Bishop Matthew Remijio, and a second copy to a government official.