Catholic Priest in South Sudan Urges Christians to “get rid of revenge, hatred”

Christ the King Cathedral of Yei Diocese in South Sudan. Credit: Yei Diocese

A Catholic Priest ministering in South Sudan’s Yei Diocese is calling on the people of God in the East-Central African country to stop revenge and hatred among themselves and instead free themselves and live together as children of God.

In his June 26 homily at Christ the King Parish of Yei Diocese, Fr. Joseph Arike Eugenio said South Sudanese have neither complimented the freedom Christ gave them nor the one they fought for during their decades of liberation struggle.

“Let us get rid of revenge and hatred from our hearts,” Fr. Arike said, and added, “If we look at our country and the situation we are in today, we have never complimented the freedom Christ gave and the freedom we fought for.” 

“When we think about what has happened before independence, we say no we have been oppressed and we become the oppressors and sometimes we go to the extreme,” the South Sudanese Priest said.

The Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish continued, “If God had created us free and we have responded to his call, let us live this freedom to the best.”


“God has called us free and given us liberty and he has freed us from our sins,” he emphasized, and continued, “Let us enjoy the freedom that God has given us, freedom that doesn’t mean to satisfy our desires as human beings but the freedom intended to serve God’s people” 

“Those of us who have been chosen to lead our people, how much are we committed and how much are we exercising this freedom?” the Catholic Priest posed. 

He highlighted incidents that demonstrate lack of liberty in South Sudan, saying, “Don’t deprive somebody and grab freedom from somebody. We are hearing people crying around like my land is grabbed, my money was robbed and house and the car were broken and stolen and we call ourselves freedom fighters.” 

According to Fr. Arike, “Jesus shed blood and he never said I shed the blood for you and you have to listen to whatever I said that is not good.”

“Those of us who are living, are living on the blood of our brothers and sisters who have died for the sake of this country,” Fr. Arike went on to say during his June 26 homily.

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He appealed to South Sudanese not to “abuse” the “will and intention” of those who died fighting for their liberation from oppression, and added in reference to the primary purpose of freedom fights, “Let us build on it in order to build this nation for good.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.