It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Bishop Paride Taban, a cherished friend of Pax Christi International and a prominent participant in our Catholic Nonviolence Initiative activities.
As the first Catholic Bishop of Torit Diocese in South Sudan, Bishop Taban dedicated his life to promoting peace and reconciliation in a region marked by conflict and turmoil. He was also the first leader of the New Sudan Council of Churches (NSCC).
Bishop Taban retired from the administration of Torit Diocese in 2004, but his remarkable journey led him to found South Sudan’s Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron, a community that welcomes people from diverse ethnic backgrounds who have experienced conflict. This village became a symbol of hope and healing, a testament to the enduring spirit of humanity. South Sudan’s Holy Trinity Peace Village Kuron is also a member of Pax Christi International.
A bridge-builder, Bishop Paride Taban tirelessly advocated for dialogue, unity, and understanding, leaving an indelible mark on South Sudan and the world. His life’s journey was marked by a steadfast commitment to peace, and he leaves behind a legacy that continues to inspire us all to work for a world where peace and unity prevail.
Bishop Marc Stenge, Co-President of Pax Christi International, expressed his condolences in a heartfelt message (available on Pax Christi International’s website), which we echo by extending our deepest sympathies to Bishop Taban’s loved ones.