By Taban Henry
The Bishop of Yei Diocese Alex Lodiong Sakor is urging all the armed holdout groups in the country to denounce violence and opt for dialogue as the only peaceful way to settle the prevailing political differences.
This came after the Catholic Church represented by the Bishop of Yei diocese met with the governor of Central Equatoria state Emmanuel Adil Anthony on Tuesday after his tour mission to spread the gospel of Christ in displaced refugee camps in the neighboring Uganda and DR Congo.
The pastoral mission was in fulfilment of the church pledge to preach peace, reconciliation, healing and holistic development across the state.
The bishop was accompanied by the Secretary General of the South Sudan Council of Churches James Oyet and Emmanuel Lodongo the Secretary General of Yei catholic diocese.
Bishop of Yei Catholic Diocese, Alex Lodiong Sakor in a statement to media after meeting the governor appealed to the holdout groups to denounce violence and opt for dialogue as the only peaceful way to settle the prevailing political differences.
“I appeal to the state government to rehabilitate facilities like schools, healthcare centers and roads network to expedite the return of those who are still in refuge and displacement camps,” the governor’s press unit quoted the bishop.
“We are affirming our commitment as the church to contribute towards making the Rome peace initiative a reality,” he assured.
Meanwhile the Governor of Central Equatoria State Emmanuel Adil Anthony commended Bishop Alex for engaging the Catholic Church to the valuable efforts and steps towards peace and stability.
He reiterated his government’s political will to support and improve civil-military relations so as to regain trust and confidence of the people.