Pope Francis meets shot South Sudan bishop&elect at Vatican


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Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2021, after having been shot in Rumbek, South Sudan. / ACI Africa/CNA Vatican Metropolis, Mar 14, 2022 / 05:30 am (CNA). On Monday, Pope Francis met the South Sudan bishop-elect whose consecration was postponed final yr after he was shot in the legs shortly after his nomination to steer Rumbek diocese.Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare had a personal meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, 11 days before his episcopal consecration, scheduled for March 25. The pope, who is about to go to South Sudan’s capital metropolis of Juba on July 5-7, prayed for Carlassare after the assault, in accordance with the Vatican. Carlassare, a member of the Comboni Missionaries, was shot in each legs in April 2021, simply over a month after Pope Francis named him bishop of Rumbek, filling a vacancy that had lasted for nearly a decade.The 44-year-old Italian had served as a missionary priest in South Sudan’s Malakal diocese since 2005. He was shot through the early hours of April 26, 2021, when two armed males fired multiple bullets at his door, getting access to his room in a block that houses clergymen serving on the Diocese of Rumbek’s Holy Household Cathedral.After initial remedy in Rumbek, he was airlifted to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. He was discharged from the hospital for residence care on Might 17, 2021.In a video recording from his hospital bed the day after the assault, the bishop-elect described the capturing as life-threatening but referred to as for reconciliation and “justice with the identical coronary heart of God” among the many individuals of Rumbek.“It'll take some time for my legs to give you the option again to walk, but I assure you that I might be back and I will probably be with you,” Carlassare stated.The Diocese of Rumbek turned vacant in July 2011 upon the demise of Bishop Cesare Mazzolari, who was also a Comboni Missionary.On Might 5, 2021, before his discharge from the hospital, the bishop-elect stated that he was imploring God for an finish to “violence, division, [and] egocentric wishes” within the diocese of Rumbek.“I bend low in front of God to intercede for the church of Rumbek. I pray for the conversion of sinners,” Carlassare stated in a message recorded by ACI Africa, CNA’s African news associate.“I supply the pain I’m going by way of so that the Lord our God might purify the church of Rumbek from all errors and things like these might occur no more; no room for violence, division, [and] egocentric wishes that come from the satan.”In June 2021, police in South Sudan’s Lakes State arrested a second individual suspected of involvement in the capturing.The arrest introduced the variety of these detained in regards to the incident to 6, among them Father John Mathiang, who served as Rumbek’s diocesan coordinator.As of November 2021, the suspects in the capturing have been detained in Juba, having been transferred from Rumbek.Two of the six suspects have been freed at the beginning of this month because of what a decide referred to as a “lack of evidence towards them,” reported ACI Africa, CNA’s African information associate.The Diocese of Rumbek serves round 200,000 Catholics in central South Sudan, an space with a inhabitants of 1.7 million.The city of Rumbek was the capital of the country following the top of the Second Sudanese Civil Warfare in 2005 until South Sudan’s independence in 2011, when the capital moved to Juba.