Archbishop asks politicians to emulate the Church

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[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] Archbishop Dr. Daniel Deng Buk of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S) has asked politicians in the country to emulate the Church by having a smooth transition in leadership.

The Episcopal primate was speaking after the Emergency Diocesan Synod nominated Rev. Canon Emmanuel Murye as the sole candidate Bishop Elect of Kajo-Keji diocese of ECSS&S. The diocese of Kajo-Keji set in motion the process of appointing a new bishop to replace the outgoing bishop, Rev. Anthony Poggo, who left the diocese mid-October, to start his new assignment as the Advisor of the Archbishop of Canterbury for Anglican Communion Affairs.

The Archbishop said this was a sign of unity of the people of Kajo-Keji. He called upon those in government to emulate this example of the Church, saying that nominating one candidate does not mean that he was the only best candidate, but it was the desire of people to give a chance to one leader and support him.

“Christians and leaders should learn from this and give each other a chance and work together as one body,” he said. “Please continue praying for the next items ahead and the provincial synod in Juba, thereafter, the consecration and enthronement process.”

On his part, Rev. Poggo thanked all who wished him well on his appointment and asked prayers as he takes on his new role from the end of this month (October).

In his farewell service, Rev. Poggo commissioned evangelists at Emmanuel Cathedral. Preaching from Hosea 14:1-2; 2, Timothy 3:14-4:5: and Luke 18:1-8, he called on citizens of South Sudan to be agents of peace.

"We should all work towards building peace and working for peace at all levels, remembering what Jesus said in Matthew 5:9 – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God””, he told the congregation.

Hundreds of Christians, government officials and pastors turned up for the service and presented their gifts and appreciation to Bishop Poggo for his selfless service during his time as bishop of the diocese.

He thanked all Christians and staff of the diocese for the support they had accorded him during his term in office.

"I would like to thank you all for your support during the time when I have been bishop since 2007. I request that you give the same support to my successor," he said.

The replacement for the bishop has to be done within 90 days. The Rev Canon Henry Leju Waran was appointed as Vicar General to lead the process of filling the vacancy.

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