In an ACI Africa video recording from his hospital bed at The Nairobi hospital a day after he was attacked, Msgr. Carlassare described the April 26 shooting experience as life-threatening and urged reconciliation and “justice with the same heart of God.”
“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, and added that he was receiving good medical care, and that he was improving.
“It will take some time for my legs to be able again to walk but I assure you that I will be back and I will be with you,” the Italian-born Cleric who has ministered in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese since his arrival in South Sudan in 2005 said in his message to the people of God in Rumbek.
Msgr. Carlassare was appointed Bishop for Rumbek Diocese March 8. He traveled to Rumbek Diocese April 15 following days of spiritual retreat in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. His episcopal ordination had been scheduled to take place on Pentecost Sunday, May 23.
Msgr. Carlassare who will turn 44 in October has continued to express optimism about his recovery process.
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In the latest video recording by ACI Africa, he says that he is offering his pain for the purification of Rumbek Diocese.
“I offer the pain I'm going through so that the Lord, our God, may purify the church of Rumbek from all errors and things like these may happen no more; no room for violence, division, (and) selfish desires that come from the devil,” Msgr. Carlassare says in the video recorded Monday, May 3.
He adds, “Let me be a sign for all of you. As I will rise from this bed and walk again, let Rumbek also rise again, and walk the way of peace and unity.”
Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.