Rumbek, 06 October, 2022 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
The ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality has the potentiality of helping South Sudanese, including members of communities at loggerheads, embrace dialogue as the way for resolving their conflicts, a Catholic Priest has said.
In his homily on Tuesday, October 4, the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Fr. James Pulickal said that the preparations for the 2023 Synod can create room for togetherness and the fostering of common understanding.
The reason Pope Francis called for the Synod on Synodality “is for the Church, parents and teachers to teach children in South Sudan how to dialogue with each other when there are problems that have arisen from a simple matter that is supposed to be settled amicably,” Fr. Pulickal said during Holy Mass at the Sacred Heart Tonj Parish of South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek.
“Let us sit together and face our problems and find the solutions together as the people of God within our different communities where we live as Christians,” the Indian-born member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) added.
Sitting and dialoguing together entails listening “to the others point of view not only mine”, he further said, and added, “Coming together to find a solution is a democratic way of dealing with some issues affecting us in our respective places.”