The Prefect addressed the Pastoral assembly of the Diocese of Malakal, inviting them to remember that the charitable activities of the Church are part of the evangelization efforts and also met with different authorities, among them, with the Governor of Upper Nile State and praised their reception of returnees and refugees from Sudan.
On February 8, World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking, Cardinal Michael Czerny presided at a Mass in Malakal, in the church of St. Josephine Bakhita. During the Eucharist he ordained 3 deacons.
In his homily, he stressed that “the history of St. Josephine Bakhita is a story of hope, from captivity and slavery to eventually learning of God in a convent of Sisters. When finally, she was freed, she chose a life of full commitment to God and entered religious life. As a religious sister, she shared her story of captivity and slavery… Despite her sufferings, and even later despite the illness she endured, she remained cheerful, always following the desires of her Master Jesus Christ. In all of this, St. Josephine Bakhita gives us such a strong example of being hopeful even amidst dire circumstances”.
“Turning now to today’s South Sudan, in every place you need to be very awake and alert, to remain faithful to the God of Jesus Christ, who is the God of peace, the God of Love, the God of forgiveness, the God of reconciliation, the God of well-being and the God of true goodness and true happiness”, said.
Before concluding the trip, Cardinal Czerny blessed a boat that the local Caritas will use to transport migrants and refugees across the Nile River from Renk to Malakal.