“I urge all diocesan priests, religious and faithful of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba to refrain from violent activities and (desist) from violent threats and hostilities,” the 79-year-old South Sudanese prelate read his statement.
“We must avoid divisive politics and reckless utterances which lead to animosity and violence,” he added and urged “our young people not to engage in acts of violence against whichever group.”
The statement aside, responding to journalists during the Tuesday, March 10 press conference in Juba, Archbishop Lukudu said the violence witnessed on Sunday, March 8 was a way of the laity in South Sudan’s capital expressing their frustrations of not being heard in the process of appointing their shepherd and his successor.
“People are expressing that we are tired of talking and we don’t have a good response,” the Archbishop emeritus told Journalists, referencing the physical attack on Fr. Nicholas Kiri and the confrontation between groups of Catholic youth at St. Theresa’s Cathedral Parish of Juba Archdiocese.