South Sudan Lacks Specialists in “humility” to Move Country Forward: Catholic Bishop

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudan has political leaders lacking in humility, the Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese in the East-Central African nation has said, regretting the fact that the lack of humble leaders does not move the country forward.  

In his Sunday, August 28 homily at St. Mary’s Cathedral of his Episcopal See, Bishop Mathew Remijo Adam said, “The conflict we are facing in our country today is as a result of lack of humility and how we can work together regardless of who we are.”

Bishop Remijo added, “We have doctors, politicians, religious leaders and all types of educated persons and professions in this country. But what is lacking is someone specializing in humility to help this beloved country understand humbleness and move forward.”

“We hope the University of Bahr el Ghazal will open a faculty of humility to make us have such professionals in our community and the country to make us understand how we should live,” the South Sudanese member of the Comboni Missionaries (MCCJ) who has been at the helm of the South Sudanese Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination on 24 January 2021 said.

The humble are able to acknowledge their limitations because humility is “self-awareness and self-acknowledgement,” Bishop Remiijo said, and added, “You need to know who you are so that you don't pretend when you are in front of others.”


He regretted the fact that in South Sudan, “everybody wants to be praised because of the positions they are holding”, associating the attitude with pride. 

If you are proud, you want everybody to praise you and glorify you,” the 49-year-old South Sudanese Bishop said, and added, “But you are still a human being and we are all equal in the eyes of God.”

Patrick Juma Wani is a South Sudanese journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. Patrick holds a Diploma in Journalism and Mass Communication from Makerere Institute for Social Development (MISD) in Uganda. He has over 7 years of extensive experience in leading the development and implementation of media, advocacy, communication and multimedia strategy and operations, with an excellent track record of editorial leadership, budget management, and stakeholder outreach. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.