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    PRESS STATEMENT BY THE SUDAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE FOR SUDAN AND SOUTH SUDAN (SCBC)

    Yambio,  June, 06th 2017 Your Eminence, Your Grace, Your Lordship, Very Rev. Monsignors, Fathers, Religious Brothers & Sisters, the faithful and entire people of South Sudan, “May they all be one just like I and the Father are one John: 17:21” South Sudan is the newest country in the whole world, having attained its independence in the last five years. The country has been having on and off conflicts i.e. tribal/regional conflict, political instability and differences. All these challenges have ...

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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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Not So Happy Christmas in South Sudan

Christmas is coming and we all have various expectations for a ‘happy time’. The world over, including in South Sudan, atheists, agnostics and many adherents to other non-Christian faiths, as well as Christians, celebrate Christmas holidays, just as here we also celebrate all the Muslim feasts. One item of which we do have an oversupply in South Sudan is public holidays! The end of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, may last up to three days but often it seems to be celebrated ...

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There is Good New in South Sudan

Go back a few centuries or even, in some cases, a few decades. Italy was not a united country but independent and warring states; America had a civil war in which negro enslavement was a significant issue; France had a bloody revolution pitting the people against the aristocracy; South Africa was governed with apartheid divisions; peace between Protestant and Catholic in Northern Ireland seemed an unattainable goal; and so the list goes on. South Sudan is the world’s newest nation, ...

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