The WCC, however, expressed grave concern over the continuing fragility of the security situation in South Sudan. “As an example, WCC was shocked by the violence recently perpetrated against the bishop-elect of the Catholic diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan, Msgr. Christian Carlassare,” said Sauca.
On 25 April, unknown armed men attacked, shot and seriously wounded the bishop-elect at his residence in Rumbek, South Sudan. Carlassare was evacuated to Nairobi for medical attention.
“We thank God that he is recovering well from his wounds,” said Sauca. “This attack follows many other violent incidents that have taken place while the implementation of peace agreements in South Sudan has remained bogged down in political wrangling.”
“The WCC condemns in the strongest terms the attack against the bishop-elect and calls on the South Sudanese authorities to investigate and bring the perpetrators to account,” Sauca continued. “The government must do everything possible to deliver on its commitments and responsibility for the protection of the lives and properties of its people, and to ensure a just and secure peace in South Sudan, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic time.”
Sauca also prayed for God’s divine healing and the full recovery of Carlassare. “And we pray for more commitment and effective political leadership for peace, security and justice in South Sudan,” he added.