Tombura-Yambio (Agenzia Fides) - "My dear deacons, you have been chosen to spread love and holiness, to save God's people and forgive sins. From this moment on, your commitment is to bring others closer to God", said Mgr. Eduardo Hiiboro, bishop of the diocese of Tombura-Yambio, on the occasion of the priestly ordination of five deacons celebrated on December 9 in the parish of St Mary Mother of God in Yambio.
During the homily the bishop stressed the particular circumstance in which it took place. In fact, on the same day the diocese celebrated the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the ordination and the closing of the First Synod (see Fides, 6/12/2019). In the tradition of the Catholic Church, in fact, the feast of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th, but this year the celebration took place on Monday 9 December.
"The Church ordains you priests to serve its people. Go and bring more and more souls to Christ. Stay with your Christians, walk with them", says Mgr. Hiiboro. The deacons were ordained at the end of their pastoral journey in various parishes of the diocese.
"We have chosen to live in this place, it is therefore a commitment for all of us to continue praying for peace", said Bishop Hiiboro as he blessed the faithful to whom he recalled that the Advent season is a waiting period to which one must prepare oneself both in the depths of the heart and in behaviour. The bishop invited the faithful to continue praying for peace in South Sudan and urged the government and opposition leaders to work together to bring lasting peace to the country.
With reference to the recent closure of the First Diocesan Synod, Father Raphael Diko, pastoral coordinator of the diocese and director of the Synod, thanked all the delegates, priests and religious for their contribution as well as all the Christians who came together to promote their success. (TA/AP) (Agenzia Fides, 11/12/2019)