Rumbek, 04 June, 2022 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
A section of the youth in South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who have volunteered to take part in the youth pilgrimage, which the Diocese has organized are practicing for the 400-km walk, a Catholic Priest overseeing the Diocesan pilgrimage to Juba has said.
In the Wednesday, June 1 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Peter Garang said, “The youth are now making some practice on the kilometers they are going to cover; like last Sunday (May 29), they started walking 15-20 kilometers and it will go beyond as the time goes.”
“We are expecting seventy youth from the 16 Parishes and ten Priests who will also accompany the youth,” he further said, adding that women and men Religious as well as youth leaders will be taking part in the youth pilgrimage to Juba to take part in the ecumenical visit.
In a letter dated June 1, Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek Diocese gave directives about the youth pilgrimage that will see young parishioners between the age of 18 and 28 walk “up to 25kms a day” to join Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace during their July 5-7 ecumenical visit to Juba.
Bishop Carlassare said, “As part of our preparations in the Diocese of Rumbek, we are arranging a youth pilgrimage to walk from Rumbek to Juba to be with the Pope.”