“Peacemaking is the mandate given to the Church. Therefore, we should not give up working for peace until we have lasting peace in the region,” Bishop Dominic Kimengich of the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar urged Church leaders.
The bishop was speaking during the 5th Annual cross-border peace conference held at St. Teresa Pastoral Centre in Lodwar, recently, on the theme, “Building on Past Peace Efforts.”
The Conference brought together delegates from nine dioceses, some of them from countries bordering the Diocese of Lodwar. This includes South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.
Kenya was represented by four Dioceses of Kitale, Nakuru, Maralal, and Lodwar whereas Ethiopia was represented by the Vicariate of Sodo and the Vicariate of Jimma-Bonga.
Bishops Guiseppe Filippi of the Catholic Diocese of Kotido represented South Sudan, and Damiano Guzzetti of the Catholic Diocese of Moroto represented Uganda.
Other peace delegates who attended the meeting were from the Association for Development Cooperation (AGEH), Shalom centre for conflict resolution, AMECEA, Caritas Kenya, PAX NL-a Dutch Civil society organisation that works for peace, and Missio Austria.
The Diocese of Lodwar has been hosting the Conference since its inception five years ago.
(CISA in Kenya)