One Year On, Late South Sudanese Archbishop Remembered as “healer, champion of love”

Late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, the immediate former Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese. He died 5 April 2021 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the age of 80. Credit : Courtesy Photo

One year after his death, the immediate former Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese in South Sudan, Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, has been remembered as a “healer and champion of love”.

Addressing the congregation during the Memorial Mass of the late member of the Comboni Missionaries who had been at the helm of South Sudanese Archdiocese for 36 years, Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin said that his predecessor was devoted to the mission and promoted love in the Archdiocese.

“His Grace Paulino Lukudu was a healer and champion of love who worked tirelessly for the development of the Archdiocese,” Archbishop Ameyu said during the April 30, adding that the late Archbishop was “a parent to us and a peacemaker, a lover of reconciliation.”

“It is true Archbishop Lukudu succeeded in communicating a strong church of hope founded on faith in Christ Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever,” Archbishop Ameyu said about his predecessor who died on 5 April 2021 in Kenya at the age of 80.

Announcing the death of the South Sudanese Archbishop last year, Archbishop Ameyu said that the news of the passing on of his predecessor was “tragic and saddest of all news” and described the late Catholic Church leader as “a star” that has “flickered out.” 


In his address during the April 30 Memorial Mass, Archbishop Ameyu said, “In the Church (and) society, especially the new generation, we need adults like him (Archbishop Lukudu) still to guide us, to advise us, and to suggest (to) us principles on how to live.”

The Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese who doubles as the Apostolic Administrator of Torit Diocese further said, “We feel the need for such people who can teach by example more than by their words.”

“His life and wisdom can help us to live the mission God has given each one of us,” the Archbishop Ameyu said in reference to his predecessor. 

The South Sudanese Catholic leader said that the late Archbishop never “compromised when it was a matter of proclaiming and defending the truth about Christ.”

“Archbishop Paolino was never afraid to proclaim to everyone and always that Jesus alone is the savior, the true liberator of humanity and the whole of mankind depended on him,” he said, and added, We must get involved in this Church that we would like to prosper; we must be involved in the society and communities that we would like to prosper.”

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The late South Sudanese Archbishop was ordained a Priest in April 1970. Four years later, he was appointed the Apostolic Administrator of Sudan’s El Obeid Diocese.

He was appointed Bishop of the same Sudanese Episcopal See in March 1979 and ordained a Bishop in May 1979.

The member of the Comboni Missionaries was transferred to Juba Archdiocese in February 1983, succeeding Archbishop Ireneus Wien Dud.

Archbishop Lukudu remained the Local Ordinary of Juba Archdiocese until December 2019 when Pope Francis accepted his retirement.