Bells of hope pierce darkness in Sudan

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People march towards the presidential palace in Khartoum, to protest against the military regime, a few days before Christmas.

Reuters / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

As Catholics in East Africa prepared to celebrate Christmas, the situation in South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia threatened to slow down the spirit of the season, which brings peace, joy and hope to thousands of Christians. .

South Sudan’s Catholic bishops have drawn attention to the urgent need for humanitarian assistance after the floods that overwhelmed homes, roads, markets, schools and churches, displacing thousands of people. It is the latest challenge for the youngest nation in the world struggling to come out of a civil pandemic and recently the coronavirus pandemic.

“We are in an emergency situation. The population is in urgent need of humanitarian aid in the form of basic needs such as food, shelter and medicine, ”said Catholic Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok of Malakal, whose diocese is most affected.

In Sudan, Bishop Tombe Trille Kuku of El-Obeid said his people celebrate Christmas, amid an ongoing revolution under the slogan of freedom, peace and justice. During the revolution, the country fought to end discrimination, exclusion and marginalization for the third year.

But the destruction of property and the suppression of peaceful protests as an expression of the youth and the masses contradicted the slogans of the revolution, said Trille-Kuku,

“The Sudan that everyone is fighting is not for the majority or the minority, but rather for the Sudanese people who believe in God.

In Ethiopia, the Catholic bishops expressed their sadness at the Tigray War, while highlighting the state of social, moral, psychological and economic crisis in the country.

Many died, displaced or imprisoned and many women raped during the war, according to the bishops, in a list of challenges.

But the clerics said the sound of church bells should be the voice of hope, love, peace, reconciliation, fellowship.

“We firmly believe in God that this darkness will disappear,” the bishops said in a plenary statement from December 13 to 17.

As Catholics in East Africa prepared to celebrate Christmas, the situation in South Sudan, Sudan and Ethiopia slowed the spirit of the season write Fredrick Nzwili and Francis Njuguna.

South Sudan’s Catholic bishops have drawn attention to the urgent need for humanitarian assistance after floods overwhelmed homes, roads, markets, schools and churches, displacing thousands of people.

Meanwhile, in Sudan, Bishop Tombe Trille Kuku of El-Obeid has said his people are celebrating Christmas in the midst of an ongoing revolution.

The destruction of property and the suppression of peaceful protests contradicted the goals of the revolution, said Trille Kuku. “The Sudan that everyone is fighting for is not for the majority or the minority, but rather for the Sudanese people who believe in God…. “

In Ethiopia, Catholic bishops have expressed their sadness over the Tigray War. Many people died, were displaced or imprisoned, and many women were raped during the war. But clerics said the sound of church bells should be the voice of hope, love, peace, reconciliation and fellowship. “We firmly believe in God that this darkness will disappear,” the bishops said in a plenary statement from December 13 to 17.

Ghana’s Catholic Bishops have expressed concern over what they described as a “growing culture of insults and disrespect among the people of Ghana … especially in our nation’s political arena.”

Earlier this month, Catholic bishops from Nigeria paid a solidarity visit to the Miango chiefdom in the Bassa local government area in Plateau State following the outbreak of a serious tribal conflict in the locality in which 11 people died.

DROP Pope Francis has appointed a Nigerian priest from the Catholic Diocese of the State of Abia and Apostolic Nuncio to the West Indies, Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu as the Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

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