Synod on Synodality to Help South Sudanese “dialogue with each other”: Catholic Priest

Official logo of the Synod on Synodality. Credit: Vatican Media

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.”


This dialogical approach to issues affecting relationships among people, the Salesian Priest said, “was the reason why the Holy Father called the synod to listen to our views and to give room for dialogues with different groups which make us listen to others.”

“There are no eternal enemies if there are disagreements,” he said in his homily on the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, adding, “Let us sit and solve our problems amicably because coming together to solve issues within our communities is a better way.”

“In democracy there is respect for one another no matter how wrong they are; people should respect each other for they also have rights and points to prove,” Fr. Pulickal who serves as the Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Tonj Parish said.

He went on to highlight the importance of love in seeking lasting peace through dialogue, saying, “Love is a fundamental source of peace and reconciliation for us Christians who believe in God the Creator.”

“We should love one another as we love ourselves despite the differences we have in our communities and societies,” the Salesian Priest emphasized during his October 4 homily.

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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.