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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL IN SPITE OF THE HORRORS OF WAR (2)

19 September 2016.

Life is beautiful in spite of the evils of war when the youth:

•celebrate their new life and faith in Jesus with songs and dances; when they have in their hands drums, flags, bibles, catechisms, rosaries instead of carrying weapons and instruments of war;

•pray for peace instead of thinking in war;

•dream that the prophecy of Isaiah will become a reality: “God will rule over the nations and settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spear into pruning hooks. Nation will not raise sword against nation; they will train for war no more” (Is 2:4).

 Certainly, life is beautiful in spite of the evils of war!

By Fernando GatKuɔth

Youth marching for peace - Nyal, South Sudan

PROMOTING PEACE AT SCHOOLS

19 September 2016 – (www.combonisouthsudan.org) - A group of over fifty students, boys and girls, from four different Juba secondary schools attended a trauma healing and peace-building workshop in Juba last Saturday, 17 September. The workshop was held at the Comboni House and organised by the Vocation Promotion team in collaboration with the Justice and Peace Office of the Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan.

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COMBONI FAMILY’S OPEN LETTER FROM THE WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, MONTREAL

19 August 2016 – A group of sixteen Comboni Missionaries and Comboni Sisters who work in Italy, Congo, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt, Spain, USA, Canada, Portugal and Brazil has attended the 12th edition of the World Social Forum in Montreal, Canada. They have conducted six workshops at the event where they have highlighted “the struggle for a just peace, the commitment for social transformation and the opposition of local communities to social and environmental violations”. At the end the group of missionaries wrote an open letter.

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LOAVES AND FISHES: ALMOST A MIRACLE IN SOUTH SUDAN

06 September 2016 – (By Bill Firman) - The event often called, ‘the Feeding of the 5,000’ from 5 loaves and two fish is the only miracle (apart from the Resurrection) which is recorded in all four canonical Gospels: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15. In his homilies, Pope Francis has emphasised the sharing in this miracle more than the multiplication. If we only believe and share what we have, we can work such miracles. In South Sudan, we have a modern day version of this. I witnessed this last week.

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NURTURE AND GROWTH

16 August 2016 – (By Bill Firman) - A very good partner of Solidarity with South Sudan is Caritas Austria. This organization has provided expert advice and assistance, along with essential finance, in our establishment of the Solidarity Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAPR) in Riimenze. The Caritas group, including our very supportive neighbours in Juba, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the USA affiliate of Caritas, work collaboratively and try to avoid overlap of service delivery. So it is that one area in which Caritas Austria has focused its mission in South Sudan is the Tombura-Yambio diocese. Caritas Austria is a major sponsor of our Teacher Training College in Yambio and the sole sponsor of our agriculture in Riimenze. It is very good news that Caritas Austria, have now confirmed a further five-year funding commitment to sustain and develop SAPR.

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SOUTH SUDAN: LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL IN SPITE OF THE HORRORS OF WAR (1)

01 September 2016 – (By Fernando GatKuɔth) - Life is beautiful in South Sudan, in spite of the horrors of war, when children play together as brothers and sisters and do not see others as their enemies and threats, as some adults often do.

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