SOUTH SUDAN: Juba Readies to Install Archbishop Ameyu

JUBA, MARCH 17, 2020 (CISA)-Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martins will on March 22 be installed the new Archbishop of Juba at St Theresa Cathedral-Juba.

While giving an update on the progress of the installation plan, Monsignor Visvaldas Kulbokas, the delegate of the congregation for the Evangelisation of peoples confirmed that the installation ceremony will go on as planned.

“Although there is still some few work to be done, I am so thankful personally to all those involved, especially the organising committee for what they have achieved so far,” he said on Saturday March 14.

Voicing on issues and developments around appointment and installation, the new President of the Sudan Catholic Bishops Conference (SSCBC) Bishop Yunan Trille Tombe Kuku expressed concerns on actions taken by some individuals against the appointment of Bishop Ameyu.

“It is on this note we further appeal to you brethren in faith to respect the feelings of the majority of Catholics in the Archdiocese: mothers, fathers, young men and women, children, priests, religious women and men who are profoundly hurt by the actions and behaviours shown by few who said to represent the indigenous in tribe rather than the indigenous Christian Catholics,” he said, reported Radio Bakhita.

Bishop Trille condemned the use of language of threat and physical confrontation over the appointment of Bishop Ameyu encouraging faithful in the Catholic archdiocese of Juba to use their Christian given rights to express their opinion correctly with respect, integrity of faith and morals.

The appointment of Archbishop Ameyu announced on December 12, 2019 and was followed by an investigative process concerning allegations presented in protest of his appointment.

Vatican confirmed his appointment on March 6 on completion of investigations on allegations tabled against his appointment. Archbishop Ameyu takes over from Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro who is retired.