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The empty tomb: our reason for existence

empty tomb

The tomb was, indeed, found empty. And the reason for this was that the man who was buried there had risen from the dead. The empty tomb: the absence of a body buried in this tomb, threw the women into flight, astonishment, silence and fear. What does this mean? Has someone stolen the body of our beloved one? With these ...

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Thank you for the Assistance we are providing together

Riimenze 1

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 ...

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A Cup of Tea

Photo credits: Paul Jeffrey

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 ...

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Tragic Victims

C Grade accommodation

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 ...

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At Sixes and Sevens 

students-in-chti-courtyard

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 ...

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Not So Happy Christmas in South Sudan

Photo Credits: Paul Jeffrey

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 ...

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There is Good New in South Sudan

praying for peace

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 ...

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Valiant Women

Loreto assembly

I write today of two women in South Sudan, one a missionary whose life was tragically ended in unprovoked violence last week; and one a young woman who, against the odds, has just graduated from Loreto School in Rumbek: two women of great character from very different backgrounds, whose own words convey strong and moving messages.   The first is ...

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LETTER FROM BISHOP EDUARDO DURING UNREST IN YAMBIO

address by Bishop Hiiboro (640x480)

Ref. Period of enduring Hope and emerging Light in South Sudan’s darkness.   My dearest Sisters and brothers, As I began to think about what to write during this Holy Christmas and New Year seasons, I tried to do what many of us do when looking for the words to say: I wanted to go back into the files. But ...

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