Yei, 04 September, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Missionaries have fled South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Yei amid insecurity, the Local Ordinary has told ACI Africa in an interview.
In the September 1 interview, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo lamented the fleeing away of the missionaries from Yei Diocese to other mission territories, adding that only a dozen Catholic Priests are ministering in his vast Episcopal See, all of them Clergy of the South Sudanese Diocese.
“We are very few; the Clergy are very few. The missionaries who were working with us are no longer there because they fear for their lives; some of them went and joined the refugees in Uganda; some returned to their headquarters,” Bishop Lodiong lamented.
He further lamented, “We remain only the local Clergy and the local clergy are very few; only 12 Priests working in a very big Diocese.”
The South Sudanese Catholic Bishop who spoke to ACI Africa on the sidelines of the unveiling of the logo for the yearlong Eucharistic Congress and Golden Jubilee celebration of “Sudan and South Sudan hierarchy” went on to explain the risk of ministering in Yei Diocese that measures 46,000 km² with an estimated population of 231,950 Catholics, representing 49.1 percent of the population, according to 2020 statistics.