In a telegraph sent through Vatican’s Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Holy Father expresses his deep sadness following what he calls the “brutal attack” and the “senseless act of violence,” Vatican News reported August 17.
The Pope expressed the hope that the sacrifice of the two Catholic Sisters “will advance the cause of peace, reconciliation and security in the region” and implored God for “their eternal rest and the comfort of those who grieve their loss.”
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio has condoled with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Juba Archdiocese following the demise of the two Nuns.
In his August 17 statement obtained by ACI Africa, Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala says he is “deeply touched by the sudden death of these great and tender loving Sisters.”
Bishop Hiiboro adds that the Nuns have been “perhaps the guiding light in presenting a coherent defense of Religious life and Catholic principles and applying those principles to issues of public import.”
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The South Sudanese Bishop who knew the two late Nuns for more than 30 years says he will live to remember them because their “warmth and humanity won the affection of countless individuals, Catholics and non-Catholics alike.”
The Centenary celebration attended by the Nuns before they met their death was “an earthly crown of their good life,” Bishop Hiiboro says, adding that the two slain Nuns “have died as MARTYRS of South Sudan! They are our modern Saints for good life!”
“Those who have carried out this cowardice action God remains their judge!” the Bishop adds.
In the two Sisters, SHS Superior General says in her August 17 statement, “the Congregation has lost great resource persons with excelling leadership qualities.”
“May their innocent blood unite us in our Congregation more and bring peace to this Country of South Sudan, which has never known true peace,” She says in reference to Sr. Mary Daniel and Sr. Regina, natives of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese and Yei Diocese respectively.
Sr. Mary Daniel and Sr. Regina are expected to be laid to rest on Friday, 20 August 2021.
This story was updated on 19 August 2021 at 11.50 East African Time.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.