SOUTH SUDAN / BISHOP CONSECRATION

05-Aug-2019 00:02:54
At a special ceremony in Malakal, thousands of displaced families rejoiced alongside dignitaries and other community members as they bore witness to the consecration of Dr. Stephen Nyodho Ador Mijowk after a ten-year vacuum in leadership of the Catholic diocese in the Upper Nile region. UNMISS
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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / BISHOP CONSECRATION
TRT: 2:54
SOURCE: UNMISS
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ARABIC / ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 28-30 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN
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28 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide shot, women waving and cheering at bishops and church clergy
2. Wide shot, the new bishop to be consecrated being guided to the altar
3. Wide shot, bishop laying down and listening to the reading of the names of saints and martyrs
4. Wide shot, words of blessing from Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro
5. Med shot, laying of hands by all Catholic Bishops to welcome new Bishop
6. Wide shot, Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Mojwok being installed and crowned with a Mitre by the Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro
7. Wide shot, Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador being given his pastoral staff and seated on his episcopal seat
8. Close up, face of newly installed Bishop Stephen Nyohdo Ador Mojwok

29 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

9. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Mojwok of the Malakal diocese:
“We need to start embracing one another if you want to say we need peace in South Sudan. And if we start embracing one another, loving one another, taking away all these hate speeches, we will not even need Salva Kiir Mayardit, our President, or Riek Machar or any other group to sign any peace because we can sign peace here and now through loving to one another, through coming together as one people.”

28 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Med shot, Vatican nuncio embracing the newly installed Bishop
11. Wide shot, bishops at consecration altar
12. Pan right, crowds attending the installation of the new Bishop
13. Close up, Vatican nuncio
14. SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan:
“Because peace has come, please, to our people who are refugees, if we want to re-build Malakal, come back to Malakal. Our people in the POC [protection of civilians site] Malakal will not be re-built and get clean without your hands’ [effort]. If there is any person who entered and occupied any house belonging to refugees or internally displaced people, get out of their homes and leave it for its owners.”

29 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

15. Med shot, Bishop Mojwok receiving gifts from communities

30 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

16. SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Mojwok of the Malakal diocese:
“This is my priority, to help the people of God, both Christians and Muslims, both Catholics and non-Catholics, that we work together. We preach peace. We preach love among the people of God and also to put it to practice; this is the building we need.”

29 JULY 2019, MALAKAL, SOUTH SUDAN

17. Wide shot, women singing and dancing
STORYLINE
At a special ceremony in Malakal, thousands of displaced families rejoiced alongside dignitaries and other community members as they bore witness to the consecration of Dr. Stephen Nyodho Ador Mijowk after a ten-year vacuum in leadership of the Catholic diocese in the Upper Nile region.

For the people of Malakal, the consecration of a new Catholic Bishop is an important step towards bringing together warring groups to reconcile and work for peace as war-torn South Sudan continues its long struggle to end the conflict.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Mojwok of the Malakal diocese:
“We need to start embracing one another if you want to say we need peace in South Sudan. And if we start embracing one another, loving one another, taking away all these hate speeches, we will not even need Salva Kiir Mayardit, our President, or Riek Machar or any other group to sign any peace because we can sign peace here and now through loving to one another, through coming together as one people.”

The celebration was the culmination of months of work, carried out by volunteers with the support of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan as part of its mandate to encourage peacebuilding.

In the past, the diocese has had a strong presence in Malakal, particularly helping education flourish with the building of new primary and secondary schools. However, when civil war erupted in 2013, Malakal’s strategic position in the country’s oil-rich Upper Nile made it a target. Fierce fighting forced many to flee, leaving Malakal a ghost town. In the wake of the signing of a revitalized peace agreement, the government is urging people to return and for those illegally occupying their homes to move out.

SOUNDBITE (ARABIC) James Wani Igga, Vice President, South Sudan:
“Because peace has come, please, to our people who are refugees, if we want to re-build Malakal, come back to Malakal. Our people in the POC [protection of civilians site] Malakal will not be re-built and get clean without your hands’ [effort]. If there is any person who entered and occupied any house belonging to refugees or internally displaced people, get out of their homes and leave it for its owners.”

It is hoped that the installation of a new Bishop will give fresh momentum to efforts to secure lasting peace in the region. As a speaker of languages of the largest opposing ethnic groups in South Sudan, Bishop Mojwok serves as a living example that it is possible for parties to come together for the greater good despite seemingly vast political, ethnic and religious differences.

SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Mojwok of the Malakal diocese:
“This is my priority, to help the people of God, both Christians and Muslims, both Catholics and non-Catholics, that we work together. We preach peace. We preach love among the people of God and also to put it to practice; this is the building we need.”

His messages of peace come at a time of optimism in South Sudan that the ceasefire will hold and that the people of this once-prosperous region will finally get the opportunity they deserve to rebuild their lives and live together in peace.
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