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South Sudan bishop tells ‘repented’ Kiir to pray for peace


March 10, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese bishop, who presided over Friday’s national day of prayer urged President Salva Kiir to “go pray alone in a room for peace in the country”.

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The Archbishop of Juba Diocese Lokudu Loro

Catholic Archbishop, Paulino Lokudu Loro said the government must choose between peace, unity, reconciliation and justice over rape, killings and arbitrary arrests.

“Mr President, go into the room [after this gathering] to pray for peace in your country,’’ he said.

The cleric warned further warned the president, stressing that torture, corruption, raping, arbitrary arrests and tribalism would continue if the latter misused his prayer.

“If this prayer is correct, many things should happen in this country; peace, justice, love genuine dialogue and unity should happen after this prayer. Good governance, security, good economy, provision of service, we can expect then to happen after this prayer, if the prayer is correct,” said the Bishop in a mixture of English and Arabic.

The South Sudanese leader called for the national day of prayer last week and delivered his own prayer before the crowd on Friday, asking for divine forgiveness.

“I pray not for condemnation but for forgiveness. I had over my heart and body for your blessing, Guide me Lord for who you want me to be. Give me wisdom not for my merit but for your loving kindness,’’ said the president in a prepared prayer that read to thousands of his supporters at John Garang Mausoleum in the capital, Juba.

President Kiir, who had never prayed in public since assuming chairmanship of South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM), called for “the most merciful God” to redirect his deeds.

“Through my shortcomings, I have sinned against You in words and deeds for what I have done,” said the president, without mentioning any specific mistakes he committed as a leader.

The country’s First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai and Vice President, James Wani Igga knelt as the South Sudanese leader delivered his five minute prayer on Friday.

Several Christian and Muslim sermons were delivered during the six hour prayer.

“I prayer should not go in vain. Ï hope you [President Kiir] called us in this heat [sun] because you want peace. After this prayer, is the government going to choose evil?” said Bishop Lokudu.

Pentecostal Church Bishop, Isaiah Majok Dau called for “humanity in our hearts” during the prayer.

“If you are repenting today and you use to kill people, don’t kill anymore, regardless of who you are. If you are repenting today and you use to talk badly about other tribes, cease and talk about South Sudan,” added Bishop Dau.

Several prominent Christian leaders, namely retired Catholic Bishop Diocese of Torit, Paride Taban, retired Anglican Bishop of Bor Diocese, Nathaniel Garang Anyieth, Archbishop of Anglican Church of South Sudan and Sudan, Daniel Deng Bul were present.

South Sudan’s Council of Churches chose repentance and forgiveness as the theme for the event, also held in the capitals.


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  • 11 March 2017 06:01, by Gatluak jal

    Hello everyone, I am here to inform you that the article seems be to written by SPLA-IO because the language is absolutely does not represented Father Pualion Lokudu. Coincidentally, I tool a permission from Unity State to Juba for mission and I attended Friday National day. The Archbishop said, I am quoting him, " he said people of SS should embrace the peace rather than war"

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  • 11 March 2017 06:05, by doot

    Believers are defined by two things: forgiveness and respect for God`s given life.This is the last line of true God.

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  • 11 March 2017 06:35, by Independent Thinker

    Dear President Kiir, I doubt your prayer because you are the most silly and killer president on earth.How can you prayer yet you are the one who sung a song in Dinka language on 14/12/2013 in Juba. Go to YouTube guys in order to prove me wrong or not. Bible :Exodus 20:7. Mr. President how many countries have visited so far and do have any a lesson you learned from those countries?.

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  • 11 March 2017 09:46, by Kush Natives

    God bless South Sudan for their great day! For committing themselves in this particularly holy and national call! My first thanks goes to South Sudanese people for acknowledging that their suffering is more over due. Therefore, let all supports this as human or mankind! People come and go. But, land/country remained to it’s generations.

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  • 11 March 2017 09:51, by Kush Natives

    May our almighty father in heaven forgive all and each of us! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen! God bless South Sudanese pastors, bishop, believers and their president with two VP’s!

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  • 11 March 2017 12:11, by The Rhino

    All nonsense! The Holy Bible says,"first ask forgiveness from those you have wronged and the Lord will forgive you".You can not jump to God before asking mercy from those you have abused...full stop. Did this tribal chief(Kiir) ask for forgiveness from those families still grieving their murdered ones?, answer is NO!
    Why are there still South Sudanese in camps? Why are MTNs still looting,raping..

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  • 11 March 2017 12:40, by The Rhino

    and the killing of innocent South Sudanese. Mr Kiir and JCE are buying time.They are pacifying the already traumatized population across this nation to fall for their crap. But tell you what, its too late, your evil plans have holes in them, your tribal government is crumbling. To leave in peace means to leave without the Jienges, period!

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  • 11 March 2017 14:49, by Kat Cok

    Repented. President Kiir is a believer, he attended Sunday prayer at Church, he forgive criminals and rebels all the time and integrated them in the system, that is why the are still continue rebelled and committed crimes because they know that President Kiir is an honest man he will have pity on them forgive them and integrated them without accountability.
    Oh God, bless South Sudan!

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  • 11 March 2017 19:42, by garrak1520

    Rather than praying for forgiveness, I believe Mr.Kiir has to face the nation and tend his resignation. He has failed South Sudan, failed the South Sudanese people and the international community. Kiir has to give up power, let his minister of defense take over, just in time for election. Let South Sudan not ruin 50 years of struggle for self liberation. if he can do it he will be forgiven.

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