A Italian-Comboni Missionary from Brescia, Italy, Mazzolari was ordained priest in San Diego, US on March 17, 1962. He was appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of Rumbek Diocese in 1990 and consecrated the Bishop of Rumbek Diocese on January 6, 1999.
|July 20, 2011
- Lakes State Deputy Governor, Mr Daniel Ayual Makoi said that the State has declared a three-day mourning period following the sudden death of Bishop Caesar Mazzolari of Rumbek.
- Pope Benedict XVI sends his message of condolence, says he was saddened by the sudden death of the cleric.
|July 16, 2011: Bishop Cesare Mazzolari of Rumbek while celebrating Mass. The 74-year-old Italian Comboni missionary had been working in South Sudan since 1981, enduring the nation’s 1983-2005 civil war. He even risked his own life many times for the nation. At one point, he was kidnapped by rebel fighters and kept in 24 hours. He was named Bishop of Rumbek in 1999. On July 9, he presided over the official opening prayer during the Independence Day celebration at Freedom Square in Rumbek, which made South Sudan the newest nation of Africa.