Juba, 06 November, 2020 / 9:51 pm (ACI Africa).
To the people of South Sudan and Uganda, Mexican-born Comboni Missionary Fr. Jesus Aranda Nava will be remembered most for his dedication to the poor refugees who he served until he met his death in Uganda earlier this week.
Aged 68, Fr. Aranda succumbed to COVID-19 complications on Wednesday, November 4 at St. Mary’s Lachor Hospital in Uganda’s Gulu Archdiocese. The health facility is located towards the country’s border with South Sudan where the Comboni Missionary Cleric had been ministering to South Sudanese refugees.
In an interview with ACI Africa Friday, November 6, the Provincial Superior of the Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan, Fr. Louis Okot said the Cleric had been admitted to the Ugandan Hospital on October 20 with symptoms of malaria and pneumonia.
“Fr. Aranda was later tested and found to have COVID-19. He passed away on the 4th of November,” Fr. Okot told ACI Africa November 6.