The member of the Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) in South Sudan, who coordinates the Pastoral and Social Communication Departments of the SCBC continued, “Those Bishops who are still alive, we need to celebrate with them; and the new ones, time for them to strengthen their faith and their resolve to serve the Church.”

“It is important basically because as Catholics, since the independence of South Sudan in 2011, the Catholic Church remained one body,” the South Sudanese Catholic Priest further said, adding, “This means Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan who had been in the beginning as one people remain the same in order to support each other in both countries.” 

He highlighted the apostolate of the Juba-based two-nation Conference, saying, “We continue to serve together as Bishops from both sides, supporting each other and plan programs together.”

“That is why we celebrate as one country and take into consideration our history, heritage, culture, and our rich Christianity,” Fr. Gbemboyo further said during the September 5 interview, and added, “We saw that it is good we celebrate together to maintain the unity of our faith, the unity of the people.”

He recalled, “Before 1974, there were missionaries working in Sudan; when they ordained the new young Bishops by then, they established what is called the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.”

“This means the indigenous Bishops from the country became a body able to run themselves and the Church,” Fr. Gbemboyo explained.

“The celebration is calling us to be together as a body of Christ and also be together in our various situations,” he further said in reference to the planned Golden Jubilee and Eucharistic Congress celebrations that will be marked under the theme, “One body, one spirit in Christ”.

He acknowledged the person of Jesus Christ as being central in the planned twin celebrations, saying, “Christ is always present and so we are all united in him.”

“The participants of these celebrations are all our Christians, beginning with the Bishops,” the South Sudanese Catholic Priest told ACI Africa.