As the Catholic Church prepared for the feast of Pentecost, the diocese of Tombura Yambio declared nine days of prayer for all the faithful to ask for God’s intervention for COVID-19 to come to an end: “A Novena to the Holy Spirit to pray for the descent of God’s Holy Spirit on the Republic of South Sudan and on the world for God to heal the world of the fear, confusion, and difficulties the Coronavirus has brought upon us “, explains Mgr. Hiiboro in a note sent to Agenzia Fides.
“We take upon ourselves nine good days to pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Diocese of Tombura-Yambio with the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to help us respond to the challenges, the difficulties, the worries and the pains caused by Coronavirus” – underlined the Bishop. Every day Christians will pray for solidarity, charity, mercy, support for the poor, peace, reconciliation, upholding the dignity of work, protection of environment and holiness of life: “God supersedes all the pain caused by Coronavirus, God heals, God cures, God fulfills all the human desires (and) we must get our hearts prepared, our minds prepared, our attitude prepared and let ourselves be open to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Our hospital is God himself, the facilities we need is God himself and therefore we need to reinforce our faith in him and follow his instructions”, said Mgr Hiiboro, reminding the people that there are no proper hospitals and other Personal Protective Equipment’s (PPE) required to handle the deadly disease.
The Bishop encouraged the faithful to be “supportive instruments of God during this period of Coronavirus to heal this world by helping each other follow those simple and important instructions that we have been repeating”.
“As we pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit, I encourage everyone to make use of the resources we have, also the use of herbal medicine and since the virus does not have a cure yet, let us use anything that we know that can be of control of this virus “, concludes Mgr. Hiiboro.
By May 21, South Sudan had recorded a total of 481 confirmed cases of COVID-19 including four deaths and four recoveries.