Let’s Take Action to End Suffering of “others” in South Sudan: Catholic Bishop

Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale. Credit: Courtesy Photo

The Auxiliary Bishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has challenged the people of God in the East-Central African nation to work toward ending suffering in the lives of “others” in the country. 

In his Sunday, September 18 homily at St. Theresa’s Cathedral of Juba Archdiocese, Bishop Santo Loku Pio Doggale said, “As we pray today, let’s work on actions that free others from suffering because it’s our actions that make others suffer in this country.”

“Someone should feel that someone is suffering because of his or her action. In this case we will be able to feel what others are going through,” Bishop Loku further said, adding that people experience suffering “because of someone’s actions or someone else who doesn’t care about someone having food on the table or house.”

“Some people should ask themselves why this is happening across the country,” the 52-year-old the Auxiliary Bishop of Juba Archdiocese said in reference to the challenges the citizens of South Sudan have been exposed to even after they gained independence from Sudan in July 2011.

He went on to pose, “As a Christian how do you feel? Can you come back to yourself and say I am not supposed to do this to my fellow country men and women who are the sons and daughters of God?”


“We don't deserve the poverty that we are going through today in our country because we are supposed to live the life we were meant to enjoy,” the Auxiliary Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in February 2011 said during his September 18 homily.

Bishop Loku regretted the fact that the majority of South Sudan's leaders are Christians, but “what they do with the Christianity they have is irrelevant.”

“The people running businesses here are Christians; what are they doing with their Christianity in business?" the South Sudanese Bishop posed.

He added, “Most of our politicians are Christians and some of them have gone to the Seminary, and in many rallies, they even say I would have been a Priest or a Bishop but they didn’t become a Priest or a Bishop.”

These politicians, Bishop Loku continued, could serve the people in a just and honest way if they worked on fulfilling “all their promises” to the people. 

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Reflecting on the Gospel Reading of Sunday, September 18, he said, “You should know that one day God will hold each and every one of us accountable so we are called upon to be just and honest.”

Bishop Loku challenged those in leadership in South Sudan and those with means to “share the resources God has given us as a country because it belongs to all of us and for the generation that will come.”

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.