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    Pope Francis will preside at the Prayer for Peace

                  It is with great pleasure and emotion that we can announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will preside at the prayer vigil for peace in South Sudan and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the Altar of the Chair in St Peter’s Basilica on Thursday, 23 November 2017, at 5.30pm. The celebration, organised by our Association in cooperation with JPIC and thanks to the support of many institutions, is open to ...

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Letters From South Sudan

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Thank you for the Assistance we are providing together

To date we have expended just on $215,750 in giving assistance to the people in Riimenze. We have sufficient funds remaining for humanitarian aid for the present. Eventually, we shall bring this all to account in line by line detail but currently it is still a fluid situation. Our aim is to phase out humanitarian aid as soon as feasible and utilize project funding to provide opportunity for the people to earn wages rather than be the recipients of enduring ...

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A Cup of Tea

The basic things we need for daily living we often simply assume they will be there. Not so in South Sudan where very little can be taken for granted. When I first came to South Sudan in 2009, I lived in Malakal. Most people there cooked on charcoal but we were lucky enough to be able to use gas. It is very convenient to be able just to turn a burner on and off when you like. When gas was ...

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Tragic Victims

Last August, I wrote about the good news, the positive situation in Riimenze, South Sudan. Today that situation no longer exists. Has the agriculture project collapsed? No. The people are simply the victims of a callous civil war in which they have never wanted to participate.  The situation is not hopeless. Several of our religious congregations and donor partners have responded generously with funding sufficient for the immediate needs. Significantly for us, neither the rebels nor the Government soldiers have ...

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At Sixes and Sevens 

There is an idiom sometimes used in English, ‘At Sixes and Sevens’. It is not clear where it comes but one internet site suggests ‘The phrase was originally “to set on six and seven” and is thought to have derived in the 14th century from the game of dice. The meaning then was “to carelessly risk one’s entire fortune”’. That same site asserts that the meaning of the idiom today is ‘A state of confusion and disorder, or of disagreement ...

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