“Within Malakal, if we are to go and have Mass in places like Nassir, we can carry our chairs and tents from Malakal for use at the venue,” the Bishop told ACI Africa and continued, “The boat is both for pastoral and humanitarian work.”
Due to the conflict in South Sudan, particularly in the 15 parishes of the Diocese of Malakal, rebel and government forces looted several automobiles, leaving Priests “to tour the whole parish on foot, spending 3 to 4 hours to visit chapels,” the 47-year-old Prelate said.
“With the war that took place, we in Malakal lost more than 30 cars as a Diocese in all our parishes in Bor, Unity state and Malakal and haven’t been recovered up to now,” he told ACI Africa September 28.
He added, “As I speak, we have only one car in Malakal that we use and cannot go beyond the city because of the absence of roads.”
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“All the Priests in the Diocese of Malakal walk on foot just because they love their ministry, their people and they want to provide services and spiritual food to their people.”
About 26 Priests including members of the Comboni Missionaries serve over a million Catholics in the Diocese of Malakal, South Sudan’s vastest Catholic Diocese, which covers a territory of over one third of the East-Central African nation.
In the September 28 interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Nyodho expressed the hope that more Missionary Congregations will send their members to the Diocese, subject to a successful implementation of the peace agreement in the country.