Youths in South Sudanese Diocese Walking 125Kms in Weeklong Pilgrimage to Preach Peace

Young people from the Catholic diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan, walked from Rumbek to Tonj, some 125 kilometres, in a seven-day pilgrimage that began on Sunday, 7 January, to raise awareness of the need for peace among communities in the east-central African nation. A total of 96 young people from the 17 Catholic parishes in the diocese started the journey, accompanied by a number of priests and religious.

Their goal was to demonstrate to members of the local communities along the route and where they are staying the importance of living in communion with one another, as explained by the local Ordinary of the Rumbek diocese, Bishop Christian Carlassare.

The bishop added that the peace pilgrimage is an opportunity to bring together young people from different parishes and institutions in the Rumbek diocese to experience travelling together, know each other and sharing.

Organised under the theme ‘Be seeds of hope’, the pilgrimage is guided by the message Pope Francis delivered during his peace pilgrimage to South Sudan in February 2023.

These were the words Bishop Carlassare gave to ACI Africa on 9 January, the day the pilgrims walked 25 kilometres, from Abiriu to Cueibet: “We must continue the journey every year. Our young people come together to pray and to share hope for us. Hope for a peace where young people are no longer manipulated by those in power. We do not want to see young people marching through the streets with weapons ready for violence. We want to see young people who are able to change the course of history“.

Read more in the original article on ACIAFRICA

Photo credit: Bishop Christian Carlassare

Date Published:

18 January 2024


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