Rumbek, 22 March, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has explained the symbols and motto that will define his Episcopate as represented in his coat of arms.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa last week, Mons. Christian Carlassare explains the meaning of the Church and African symbols as well as the African people and colors on his coat of arms that combine to make his Episcopal Motto: “Omnes unum in Christo (you are all one in Christ Jesus)”.
“The coat of arms takes the shape of an African shield,” Mons. Carlassare says in his statement that he shared with ACI Africa March 14, days before leaving his native country of Italy for South Sudan to prepare for this Episcopal Ordination.
The Bishop-elect whose Episcopal Ordination is scheduled for Friday, March 25, says that on his coat of arms, traditional spears that have traditionally accompanied African shields have been replaced by a pastoral staff and a walking stick.
“Instead of the two traditional spears, the pastoral staff and the walking stick of the pilgrim are crossed behind the coat,” he says, and adds, “The traveling stick has a gourd tied on it, which is used to carry milk for the journey.”