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Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Cautions Youth against “being misled to do bad things”

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has cautioned young people in the East-Central African nation against “being misled” to engage in bad behavior. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of a youth training conference organized by the Youth office of Wau Diocese on Thursday, November 17, Bishop Mathew Remijo Adam acknowledged the role of the youth at the grassroots, including centers and the Parishes of his Episcopal See.

“We are training you today as Catholic youth to be peace promoters in your communities and the country because most of you are being misled to do bad things within the society that other people don’t’ recognize,” Bishop Remijo said.

Making reference to the objective of the conference, he said, “We called you here as the youth in our Diocese to talk about the challenges and to think about your life as young people and to care for others.”

“You should always come together to know yourself in case you don’t know each other,” the South Sudanese member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ) said during the event that brought together 150 youth from five Parishes of Wau Diocese.

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He continued, “We know there are many things that young people are facing in our States and the country at large; that’s why the Church has called you to know those challenges and how to overcome them.”

It’s also important for you to think about your life and the future because if you don’t know it right now it will be difficult for you to achieve what you want to in the future,” the 49-year-old Catholic Bishop who has been at the helm of Wau Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination on 24 January 2021 said.

He continued addressing himself to the youth, “Without your assistance to the rest of the youth and the rest of the young there will be no good direction for them to go as Christians.”

Also speaking at the event, the Diocesan Youth Coordinator, Fr. Arkangelo Luis Sijin, told the young people, “You have to be an example to others in your community and the country. Whatever you do as a young person will help the rest to learn from you.”

“We know you are being confused by some elders in your communities but with this training you will be able to know if what they are telling you is right or wrong,” Fr. Sijin added during the conference expected to end on Sunday, November 20.

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The South Sudanese Catholic Priest continued, “I know there are challenges we face as Catholics at different levels of the Diocese but from this conference you will be able to overcome because you have gained some knowledge.”