Juba, 08 June, 2020 / 11:34 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Priest in South Sudan has called on the government, churches, the civil society and families across the country to execute effective leadership during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the virus has presented itself as “a challenge and a litmus test to governments across the world.”
“We are aware of the threats (of COVID-19) we are going through today my brothers and sisters,” Fr. Martin Ochaya of Juba Archdiocese said June 7 during his Sunday Homily that was broadcast live on Bakhita Radio of the Archdiocese of Juba, one of the radios that constitute the Catholic Radio Network (CRN).
“We need effective leadership, like that of Moses, to guide the people of God. We need effective leadership in our country,” Fr. Martin said during Holy Mass at Saint Joseph’s Parish in the capital Juba and added, “We need state leadership, we need Church leadership, we need civil society leadership, and we need family leadership so that we move strongly and together towards the heavenly kingdom.”
Sharing his observation about responses by various governments to the prevention of the pandemic in Africa, the South Sudanese Cleric said some countries on the continent have responded better than others.
“Some governments seem to be succeeding, some are failing, and we need more prayers as the Bishop called us,” he said, adding, “We also need to stand in collaboration to combat the pandemic.”