It is sinful to kill fellow human beings, says Catholic bishop

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A South Sudanese Catholic cleric has warned the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict that it is sinful to kill others in the name of political power struggle.

A South Sudanese Catholic cleric has warned the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict that it is sinful to kill others in the name of political power struggle.

 

While giving his homily on Sunday, Yei Catholic bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe observed that continuous violation of agreements means the warring parties do not consider the loss of lives in the power struggle as sin before God.

“In our country today, it seems that we don’t look at killing of people as a sin. We kill people in the name of power- political power and we don’t see that it is sin to kill human beings”, bishop Lodu told the congregation at Christ the king Church in Yei.

‘This war in our country is a sin,’ he said, reiterating the recent Catholic bishops’ message which decried that the ‘country seems to have lost sense of sins in the killing of innocent lives’.

He added that greed for power, hatred, revenge, corruption and selfishness will only retard development in the country. He called on South Sudanese to acknowledge their sins, pray for one another and ask for forgiveness so that they can work in loyalty and transparency towards peace building.

Bishop Lodu told South Sudanese people who he said were in great suffering from injustice, poverty and abuse, to recognize and look to God because he is always close, respects and loves them.

“Let us look at the heart of Jesus and be compassionate to people who are suffering,” he added.

The Catholic prelate urged citizens to cooperate with development partners who have come to help the communities to correct past mistakes that have plunged the nation to a disastrous situation, with citizens experiencing the major suffering.

“There is no shame to abuse public property. There is no consent to use funds that are intended for the community, for the people. The society cannot go on like that. That is not what God wants. He wants us to be honest, to confess our mistakes and be cured and change our ways of dealing with one another,” he said.

The prelate was speaking in the wake of reports that fighting has resumed between government forces and rebels, even after the signing of a cessation of hostilities between the warring sides.

The regional mediators allowed the two sides to make consultations with their respective constituencies until 20 February, when they will be expected to resume negotiations on leadership structure and power-sharing.

The parties have a 5th March dateline to sign a final peace agreement, begin a three-month pre-transitional period and form a government of national unity by 9 July.

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