Rumbek, 17 July, 2022 / 8:54 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishop Christian Carlassare who was shot in April 2021, weeks after his appointment as to the Local Ordinary of the Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, is holding up fine.
In an interview with ACI Africa on the sidelines of the 20th Plenary Assembly of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Bishop Carlassare said he continues to serve the people of God in South Sudan “with humility and joy” and that he is protected by divine mercy.
Asked how he’s been holding up since the shooting incident on 26 April 2021, and his lengthy journey to recovery, the Italian-born member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ) who has ministered in South Sudan since 2005 said, “Divine mercy has protected me. Divine mercy inspires me to continue my ministry with humility and joy.”
In the July 13 interview, the 44-year-old Catholic Bishop added in reference to his shooting ordeal, “I kept all that has happened and my brothers and sisters of South Sudan in my heart recognizing how much violence has marked the history of this country. My Episcopal Motto aimed at peace and unity in Christ.”
Credit: ACI Africa