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Catholic bishops welcome Pope’s prayer of peace for S. Sudan, DRC

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February 24, 2018 (JUBA) - The Catholic Bishops of South Sudan held a meeting between 21-23 of February and expressed gratitude to the Holy Father, Pope Francis for calling the world to pray for peace, particularly in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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Pope Francis recieves the flag of South Sudan from Choul Laam (Vatican photo)

Pope Francis declared 23 February, a day of fasting and prayer for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan. His call as an expression of the solidarity the Roman Catholic Church, which he heads, with the people of South Sudan as its war continues and mediators seek remedies to end it.

"We are encouraged by Holy Father’s personal interest in our nation and we renew our invitation to him to visit us when the right time comes," the Bishops said in a statement.

The clerics call for an end to the killings and stressed that it was "unacceptable" to be negotiating for positions and percentages, yet fighting continues in the country.

“We thank international and regional bodies for their commitment to revitalizing our peace process. Although we note that some of these actors may also have their own interests. We hope that Phase Three of the High-Level Revitalization Forum will end the violence,” added the statement.

However, the groups said they are dissatisfied that their leaders in both government and opposition have so far been unable to put their own interests aside and make peace for the good of the people and the nation quoted a Biblical Psalm 95:8, "Harden not your hearts".

“We fear that our leaders do not know how to make peace. They are confused. They are military people who see the world through the lens of violence. They need help not so much with the technical and political details, but with the spiritual and moral courage to make peace, to hold a vision of the future which includes peace”.

The Church leaders said trauma can paralyse people minds and make them behave inappropriately erode their morale and morals and lead to self-pity and denial.

“They fear peace. They are finishing their own people. They have called on their followers of whichever tribe to sacrifice for some gain, but what is the gain? The leaders are afraid to return to the people without anything to show. So they continue this senseless war because they do not know what to do. To continue fighting is easier for them than to take the risk of making peace. They fear not only international justice but they fear what their own people will do to them when they fail,” it added.

The conflict in South Sudan has taken more than four years and tens of thousands of people have died with millions have been displaced.

“Looting, rape, hunger, economic collapse, the breakdown of the rule of law, destruction of the nation’s infrastructure, children denied education, families denied health care these represent failure.How many more deaths do there need to be. How many more failures, before they will admit that they have failed and that they don’t know what to do? ” the Catholic bishops asked.

In 2015, the South Sudan Council of Churches had issued similar Statement of intention of creating neutral Forums where the leaders of the government and of the main opposition parties, other armed groups and political factions could meet for dialogue in a safe space, but such initiative had neither succeed.

“We the Catholic bishops pledge our full support to this process, which should include a spiritual retreat, to be led by religious leaders from South Sudan and elsewhere. The theme of the retreat would not be political it would be a healing retreat to bring about personal transformation to prepare the participants to face the task of making peace.

The South Sudan Catholic bishops renewed calls for prayer and fasting for peace, and to continue with prayer and fasting on a regular basis in the coming months.

“We also recognize with sadness that many of our people in South Sudan are actually fasting continuously as they have no food to eat. Peace will come when the hearts of the South Sudanese leaders are changed. Let us pray for that conversion”.

(ST)

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  • 25 February 11:22, by Kush Natives

    God hear our prayers! Let Imaam and bany-bith care out such message as well. Our country deserve a strong prays, so that such senseless violence halt, Amen!

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    • 25 February 14:25, by Alexander The Great

      May the prayers be heard so the suffering masses, completely divorced by the political elite, can at least get to test the fruits of our independence

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    • 25 February 16:46, by Koryom2

      "Catholic bishops welcome Holy Father prayer of peace for South Sudan"
      Mr. Kush Native, our country is being slyly bullied by some of evils from the US, the UK, their UN, their evil juus, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between here in our own region. Mr. Salva Kiir is considered as a catholic & some of our fools like Rebecca Nyandeng, Majak Agoot, Riek Machar, Pagan Amuom>>>

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      • 25 February 16:53, by Koryom2

        Thomas Cirillo & some of their creepy puppets/stooges in between, the evils are using as puppets/stooges to crawls their evil selves into our country to come & plunder our country & colonize our people---AND THIS DAMN INTRIGUES IS ALL ABOUT OUR RESOURCES, LANDS, OUR NILE WATERS & TO COUNTER China present in our country & Geo-politically chess game toy around with our country & our people>>>>

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        • 25 February 16:59, by Koryom2

          And the evil hope that they can play game with our country & our people and they think, that they can re-unite our country & our people like their then East & West Germany. And then the evils can go & toss their champagne glasses in their *their Adis Ababa hotels, brothels & bars & brags---western civilization. Mr. Kush Natives, we Are very racists people but there are some evil people who>>>>

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          • 25 February 17:04, by Koryom2

            would want to bring the white Americans, English people, their evil juus, our cloned arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus, their so-called ethiopians, Bantus, their Arabs of Arabia & some of their creepy allies in between, in to our country. But the criminalizes are playing with fire>>>

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            • 25 February 17:48, by Koryom2

              Mr. Kush Natives, the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between, would want to come to our country & they would want to bring their evil & dirty intrigues.

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            • 25 February 17:49, by Koryom2

              Mr. Kush Natives, the evil corporate America, the UK, their UN, their NGOs & some of their creepy allies in between, would want to come to our country & they would want to bring their evil & dirty intrigues.

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  • 25 February 21:31, by Eastern

    Prayers alone won’t help! You have seen these morons who don’t believe in God other than Nhial and the like reasoning here. Let the 58,000 page UN document implicating these goons come out the soonest. They will survive temporarily in camps in Uganda. After Museveni’s departure, they will face the music at The Hague!

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    • 25 February 22:35, by Kush Natives

      Eastern,
      I know that you’re 20x traumatized, please let’s pray together!

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