Juba, 08 September, 2023 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The yearlong Golden Jubilee celebrations of the establishment of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) seeks to foster the unity of the people of God in the Conference that brings together those at the helm of the two Catholic Dioceses in Sudan and the seven in South Sudan.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the Director for the twin celebrations of the Golden Jubilee and the Eucharistic Congress said the celebrations are also to honor past and present Catholic Bishops in the two neighboring countries.
“What we are calling here Golden Jubilee is the first establishment of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference in 1974 in Khartoum,” Fr. John Gbemboyo told ACI Africa during the Tuesday, September 5 interview.
The Golden Jubilee celebration, Fr. Gbemboyo added, “is a way of maintaining our unity as Catholics across the boundaries; we are not a political entity; we are a Catholic faith-based body.”
“We want to honor this time and our Bishops who worked from the beginning; those who have died, we thank God for their lives and their contribution,” he further said about the yearlong celebrations that are set to be launched on November 26, the Solemnity of Christ the King, in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese.