Torit, 10 January, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Torit has cautioned the people of God in the East-Central African nation again the tendency to offer services on the basis of tribe and instead consider the common good.
Mons. Emmanuel Bernardino Lowi Napeta who was speaking during his reception at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral of Torit Diocese on January 6 offered the example of his own life, saying his pastoral ministry will not be based on people’s tribe.
“I am not here to work on a tribal basis but as a Catholic,” Mons. Napeta said, and added, “We should put aside mentioning our tribes while serving the people of God because when we do things based on our tribes we will not go anywhere.”
The South Sudanese Bishop-elect who was appointed Bishop for the Diocese of Torit in November last year is in Torit to prepare for Episcopal Ordination scheduled to take place on 15 January said, “We should not allow ourselves to be put down by tribalism because anything based on tribe is against what we are doing, especially serving our people.”
“We should forget about the tribal ideas in our minds,” he emphasized, adding, “We need to have that mindset that will help us to look further than ourselves and to support one another.”