“Bring peace to our people”: Catholic Bishop to Politicians in South Sudan

Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo of South Sudan's Yei Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo

At the start of Holy Week, the Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has called on politicians to deliver peace to the people of God in the world’s youngest nation.

In his Palm Sunday, April 2 homily, Bishop Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo said, “In this Holy Week, we are praying for a change in the hearts of our people, especially the political leaders to bring peace to our people.”

Bishop Lodiong added, “This is the right time for South Sudanese, especially the political leaders to sit and think about bringing peace to this country.”

“By bringing peace, they will be able to deliver necessary services of truth for all the citizens to benefit,” he said.

In his April 2 homily at the Christ the King Cathedral of Yei Diocese, Bishop Lodiong underscored the need for the political class in South Sudan to take seriously their role of providing services to citizens.


“Let our leaders consider the provision of services to the population for the benefit of every individual this Holy Week because this is the time we offer the right services to all the people,” the 51-year-old South Sudanese Bishop who started his Episcopal Ministry in May 2022 further said.

He highlighted the plight of the people in the country that has witnessed civil strife since December 2013, just over two years after gaining independence from Sudan following the January 2011 referendum

“There are people who are suffering; such people need to be supported with the same services others are getting in this country,” Bishop Lodiong said.

The South Sudanese Catholic Bishop further called on the people of God in the country to look to the person of Jesus Christ who gave up His life for the salvation of all, and embrace a change of heart and live in peace.

“This is the change we want in our people this Holy Week so that they can get blessings and salvation from God,” the Catholic Church leader said in his Passion Sunday homily.

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He added, “Jesus Christ has come to deliver us from the sins we have been doing so that we will be able to go to heaven.”

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.