The Catholic Church has been stung yet again as another Archbishop breathes his last. Paulino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop Emeritus of Juba yesterday breathed his last in Kenya’s capital Nairobi at the age of 81 basing on the Catholic Archdiocese, Juba. The statement further states that the deceased has indeed been battling with a number of health challenges that have weakened him over time and he finally succumbed to.
In a grief-filled statement, the Archbishop of Juba, Stephen Ameyu Martin sorrowfully announced “His Grace Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro, a star that ceaselessly was shining over our church and nation for well over 30 years, has this morning flickered out in the Kenyan capital city Nairobi”
Due to the heartbreaking situation in which the Church has been found, the Archbishop declared four days of mourning starting on Monday, 6th April 2021 while other details about mourning the fallen cleric will follow shortly. He also went ahead to state how great a loss the Church will be faced as well as the South Sudan community at large due to this loss as he said;
“This tragic and saddest of all news will not only affect the church but indeed the wider community of our South Sudan society. I, therefore, announce, beginning as of today, a four-day mourning period for His Grace Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro.”
The late Archbishop Paulino Lukuda rose to this position as a young man from Kwerijik village, Juba born on August 23, 1940. After serving as apostolic administrator of El Obeid Diocese, he was elevated to the position of Bishop of the same diocese that had nurtured him for five years on 5th March 1979.
February 19, 1983, saw him rise to the position of Archbishop of Juba which he faithfully served until last year and was succeeded by the now Archbishop of Juba Archdiocese Bishop Stephen Ameyu Martin.
His death has not only shocked the region but also came at the time when the Catholic Church and region at large was still coming to terms with the death of yet another memorable man of God, Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga.
May their souls rest in peace and Times Uganda stands with the Catholic Church and all mourners during this trying time.