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U.S. priest lives with ‘suffering Christ’ at U.N. base in South Sudan

By Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service MALAKAL, South Sudan (CNS) — Behind the blue-helmeted U.N. soldiers ringing the periphery, their tanks and heavy weapons pointed outward, Maryknoll Father Mike Bassano’s parish is a tightly packed maze of tents and tarpaulins filled with people hiding from war. Father Bassano is the only priest amid the 25,000 civilians who live inside the ...

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Three Spoons and Food Program

Displaced woman and children inside UN base in South Sudan

Mike Bassano 12 April 2015 One day, Hadia, a seven year old girl, invited me to her small tent house in the United Nations camp for Displaced People in Malakal, South Sudan. She wanted me to meet her mother, Sarah, as well as her younger brother. Hadia’s father died in the fighting that began in December 2013 causing many people ...

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147. Ministry in Malakal

Priest lives with the displaced in South Sudan

There are good photographs that record reality with sharpness and accuracy; but there are great photos that touch the heart and stir the emotions. I have some of these to offer with this reflection, great photos taken by a very good friend to Solidarity with South Sudan, Paul Jeffrey. The photos, more than anything I can write, reveal the misery of ...

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Solidarity in Malakal UN Camp: The Gathering

When I grow up ...

It was a time of bringing people together of all different tribes, various United Nations organizations as well as cooperation among all Christian Churches that made the Christmas and New Year Celebrations memorable in the camp. The Catholic community just before Christmas built their own little Church made of plastic sheeting, wire, wood and some steel poles so as to ...

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