Rumbek, 29 March, 2021 / 6:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Ahead of his episcopal ordination in May, the Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has shared with ACI Africa about the event of his ordination as a Bishop, including the significance of the proposed date and links with his predecessor, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari who passed on in July 2011.
In the Question and Answer (Q&A) session with ACI Africa, the Italian-born Comboni Missionary who was appointed March 8 asks the people of God in Rumbek Diocese to “pray that the grace of God will be abundant upon me and upon all ministers and pastoral agents of the Diocese.”
“I am delighted that people do not judge me by the color of my skin but by the content of my character,” the Bishop-elect says, adding, “The choice of the Pope for a so-young person to be a Bishop of the Catholic Church fills me with gratitude, sense of responsibility, and pride for our Church.”
ACI Africa: When is your episcopal ordination expected to place?
Bishop-elect: I have actually proposed the Sunday of Pentecost (May 23, 2021) because I found that it is a very meaningful occasion to be ordained a Bishop. Lately, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sudan and South Sudan confirmed that date. And lately, the Apostolic Nuncio has highlighted the special attention of Pope Francis about this episcopal ordination event, shown in sending Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States at the Vatican’s Secretariat of State as the main consecrator. The Holy Father is committed to the peace process in South Sudan.