Tributes Continue to Pour in as Award-Winning South Sudanese Bishop is Laid to Rest

Stephen Cardinal Ameyu Martin Mulla of South Sudan’s Catholic Archdiocese of Juba. Credit: CRN

South Sudanese Bishop Paride Taban who died at the age of 87 on the Solemnity of All Saints has been laid to rest in the Diocese of Torit, with mourners eulogizing the award-winning prelate as “a teacher, a wise man and a light” for many.

In his homily at the Friday, November 10 burial Mass of Bishop Paride, Stephen Cardinal Ameyu Martin Mulla of South Sudan’s Catholic Archdiocese of Juba said the late Bishop touched many people in his lifetime.

“Bishop Paride has been, in many ways, a teacher to each one of us,” the South Sudanese Cardinal told mourners who gathered at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral of the Catholic Diocese of Torit.

“Bishop Paride humbled himself in many circumstances of very sad situations. He would have easily abandoned the Diocese of Torit and escaped, but he didn’t. He chose to stay and was always there to assist his people in good times and bad times,” the Cardinal said.

He added, “We pray that God will bring his gentle soul into heaven and that God may console us and give our Priests the purpose of living priesthood. May God give the faithful of this Diocese a sense of purpose in their lives as well.”


Bishop Taban was on Thursday, November 9 announced posthumously the 2023 Opus Prize Laureate for establishing the Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron where people from warrying South Sudanese tribes live in harmony.

The latest award adds to the late Bishop’s many other numerous accolades, including the Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award 2018 and the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation which was given by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

For establishing the peace village, Bishop Taban also won the Sergio Vieira de Mello Peace Prize which was awarded by former UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon.

Kerbino Kuel Deng is a South Sudanese journalist who is passionate about Church communication. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.