From child soldier to Catholic priest: Father Mbikoyo lives to give hope to the hopeless – Catholic World Report

A Catholic priest is returning to the land where he was once abducted to “give hope to those who have lost hope.” For the past seven years Fr. Charles Mbikoyo has studied philosophy at the Pontifical Urban University in Rome, he told EWTN News In Depth July 9. But his story starts in what is now South Sudan, where he entered seminary at 12 years of age, in 1988. His studies there were interrupted one year later, when rebels came knocking at the door in the middle of the night. “There was a strong voice,” Fr. Mbikoyo remembered, ordering the seminarians to “come out.” Aware of the threat posed by nearby rebel groups, the seminarians hesitated to open the door. But the men outside warned that “if you don’t open the door, they will just destroy us together with the building.” They reluctantly walked outside where the rebels ordered them to gather their belongings and leave with them “for education.” Fr. Mbikoyo, along with 40 other boys and their rector, were captured.

From child soldier to Catholic priest: Father Mbikoyo lives to give hope to the hopeless – Catholic World Report

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