AMECEA has received with great shock the news about the death of His Lordship Caesar Mazzolari of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan who died on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at the State Hospital in Rumbek.
According to the statement from AMECEA secretariat, Bishop Mazzolari who was the host during the AMECEA/SECAM Solidarity visit to Sudan in Rumbek is to be remembered in the region for his role he played in bringing peace to South Sudan.
Information received from Fr Don Bosco Ochieng, Director of Radio Good News Rumbek, South Sudan the Bishop was concelebrating at the morning Eucharistic celebration presided over by Fr Justin Atit, Director Healing the Healers.
Right at the beginning of consecration, the late fell back on his chair in what seemed a total lack of strength, raised his head which fell back beyond the back of the chair, and was clearly gasping for breath with his left hand holding firmly on his chest.
With the help of fathers, sisters and some faithful, the late was carried to the sacristy and a few minutes later to his room, while a Rumbek-based doctor was being contacted.
Dr. Chan Deng Malual of Rumbek Hospital advised that bishop be brought to the hospital. The late Bishop was driven to the State Hospital where the doctor was waiting. Dr. Chan pronounced the bishop dead after carrying out some basic tests.
May the Lord give his soul a peaceful rest in Eternal Glory.