Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan “reorganize” Conference to Meet Church Needs

Some members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) during their Annual Plenary Assembly that took place in Sudan’s Khartoum Archdiocese November 9-16.
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In an effort to realize operational efficiency and provide clarity in Church administration, Bishops and heads of Dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan have reorganized the structures of their common forum and assigned personnel to oversee the various departments of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC).

In an audio recording circulated Thursday, November 19, the Bishop of South Sudan’s Diocese of Tombura-Yambio, Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala explains some of the resolutions taken at SCBC’s Annual Plenary Assembly that took place in Sudan’s Khartoum Archdiocese November 9-16.

“During the plenary last week, we felt the need in our Conference to reorganize our financial department and issues to do with the assets of the Bishops’ conference,” Bishop Hiiboro says.

He further reveals that the Archbishop of Juba Stephen Ameyu, the Archbishop of Khartoum Michael Didi, and the Coordinator of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese, Fr. John Mathiang will henceforth oversee SCBC’s committee of finances.

Bishop Hiiboro adds, “One other important thing that we worked on was the Pastoral Coordinator in the Secretariat of the Bishops, which has been a missing element.”

In that regard, the Bishops appointed a Priest to head the Pastoral Department as well as to be SCBC Communications Director.

The Bishops’ Commission for Social Communications, where the Catholic Radio Network (CRN) is coordinated, will be chaired by Bishop Hiiboro.

“We reorganized our relationships with our institutions like the Catholic University of South Sudan, its link to the Bishops’ Conference and to Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA),” the South Sudanese Prelate says in the audio recording obtained by ACI Africa.

He continues, “We all agreed to see that the seminary is managed well and is actually to implement the resolution of the Bishops and also of the Holy See.”

“The Commission for the Seminary is in place and is headed by Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur of the Sudanese Pastoral Region of Khartoum (Kosti),” Bishop Hiiboro says and adds, “We also took time to look at some of the offices that are attached to us and among them is the office for Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS).”

He explains, “There was a need for a Bishop to head the Committee so as to facilitate their work and Malakal’s Bishop Stephen Nyodho was assigned to oversee.”

“This was a very important meeting and we agreed to continue our role and collaborate with the people of goodwill including the government to build peace in our country,” the immediate former President of SCBC says in the audio recording.

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