They call upon the “Catholic faithful of the Diocese of Rumbek to remain calm and united as well as to stand in solidarity and prayer for quick healing of Rev. Carlassare.”
“We remain (observant) to monitor the processes towards the investigation till justice is obtained,” they further say in their statement signed by CiSON chairperson, Hakim Cipuounyuc Awur.
Meanwhile, members of the Fundraising Committee tasked by South Sudan’s Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat (SSCBS) to solicit funds for the episcopal ordination of Msgr. Carlassare have called for “calm and strong faith” amid feelings of disappointment.
“We do understand the disappointment and depression that many people may be undergoing because of the incidence,” the Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Tong Deng Anei, told journalists in South Sudan’s capital, Juba Wednesday, April 28.
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In their statement shared with ACI Africa, the committee members describe the attack on Msgr. Carlassare as “the devil’s work.”
“The hateful act on the man of God is obviously the devil’s work directed at an innocent person who willingly accepted his appointment to serve and work with the people of Rumbek,” they say, adding, “Those responsible must be apprehended and brought to justice without failure.”
“We are grateful to the President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit for standing with the Church and the people of Rumbek during this difficult moment and for calling upon the public to remain calm and assuring us of the government commitment to carry out thorough investigation,” the Committee members say in their two-page statement in which they also express their appreciation for the “the vital role and contributions” of the Catholic Bishops, Vatican Diplomats and the Comboni Missionaries.
In an ACI Africa video recording from his hospital bed at The Nairobi hospital April 27, Bishop-elect Msgr. Carlassare reassured the people of God in Rumbek that he is out of danger and that he plans to return to the South Sudanese Diocese.
“I take the chance to greet all of you, my brothers and sisters, in Rumbek. I want you to be at peace to know that I’m well here in the hospital in Nairobi,” Msgr. Carlassare said, adding that he is receiving good medical care, and he is improving.