Juba, 27 April, 2021 / 6:57 pm (ACI Africa).
The late South Sudanese Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro is among the recipients of the 2021 Lambeth Awards given by the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Established in 1940, the Lambeth Awards which are divided into nine categories, recognize different professionals across the globe for their contributions to the church and society.
In a statement announcing the over 30 recipients of this year’s award, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, posthumously awarded Archbishop Lukudu the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation “for consistently demonstrating exceptional commitment to the defense of human rights and contributing to peace and ecumenism in South Sudan (1983-2019).”
“Throughout the two decades of civil war (1983-2005) and up to his retirement in December 2019, the Archbishop Emeritus of Juba, as an individual and the president of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) remained deeply committed to peace, with an outstanding voice in defense of human rights and the dignity of non-Muslims and people of African race in Sudan,” Archbishop Welby says in the 2021 Lambeth Awards Compendium of Citations.
He adds that the late Archbishop who had been at the helm of South Sudan’s only metropolitan see, Juba, from February 1983 to December 2019 “spoke out boldly and courageously against dehumanization and any sort of abuse against non-Muslims, especially during the regime of former president Omar Hassan Al Bashir (and) exhibited leadership in the face of imminent danger to his life.”