Tombura-Yambio, 10 April, 2020 / 4:48 am (ACI Africa).
As governments struggle to contain the spread of COVID-19, reinforcing preventive measures, a South Sudanese Catholic Bishop has encouraged Christians to recognize the fact that as people of God, they are the church that “must remain open” amid directives to close church buildings.
“Today, even in the suffering of distance, the churches must remain open in our hearts and in our actions, in the holiness of our daily lives,” Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio diocese told Agenzia Fides in an interview.
He added, “The buildings remain physically closed, but our hearts are open and our spiritual life continues.”
Referencing the political situation in his country where three cases of COVID-19 have been reported, Bishop Hiiboro noted, “We are not in a position to fight any more wars. We lack the strength. The population is destroyed, homeless.”
“I pray to God that a solution will be found as soon as possible to defeat the virus throughout the world, to bring peace to our country and to all the other war zones so that we can move forward, all together, towards a peaceful world,” the South Sudanese Prelate stated.