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JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION ARE PREREQUISITE FOR PEACE - AN EASTER MESSAGE

At the beginning of this Lenten season the Catholic Bishops Conference of Sudan and South Sudan proclaimed a Lenten campaign of prayer, penance and charity in order to obtain Reconciliation, Justice and Peace in South Sudan, following the tragic political turmoil on 15th December, 2013 in the Country. Unfortunately the turmoil continued to date unabated. We are writing to you this Easter Message in the understanding that you will listen to it and act quickly.

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CIVILIANS KILLED AT UN BASE IN BOR, JONGLEI STATE

At least 30 people are reported dead in Bor, capital of Jonglei state in South Sudan, in what appears to have been a clash between local youth demonstrators and peacekeepers at a UNMISS base. Many wounded, some critically, have been receiving medical care at the camp. Death toll could rise.

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SOUTH SUDAN – MANY PASTS, NO SOLUTION?

Is the international community helping or hindering? - Opinion Piece by Ferdinand von Habsburg-Lothringen - The storm clouds have gathered – this was the feeling, as the first major political rumbles of thunder echoed around Juba in early December of 2013. Few doubted that the internal exchanges within the ruling party, Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM), were serious. The subsequent fighting that broke out among the Presidential Guard, in South Sudan’s capital Juba, and rapidly escalated across into Jonglei State, exposing the major, known fractures within the national Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA), and the rapidly ensuing polarization that pitted the key communities in South Sudan against each other on a level unprecedented since the second civil war indicated that none of this came out of the blue. The contours of these major fault lines were known to all South Sudanese and any international observer interested enough to read or ask questions.

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VIOLENCE ESCALATES IN UNITY STATE

South Sudanese forces loyal to South Sudan’s former vice-president, Dr. Riak Machar, have recaptured Bentiu, capital of Unity Sate earlier this week. Attacks on Bentiu began last Sunday 13 April and lasted till Tuesday when they took control of the strategic oil producing capital of Unity State.

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MISSION, DEATH AND RESURRECTION

Rome, April 14, 2014 - “The mission allows us to understand the resurrection as the miracle of a life that cannot be destroyed by selfishness and ambition without limits, but that asserts itself as a joy which rises from the heart of God that we carry in the frailty of our human being. For this reason there is no real mission that does not involve death in us, a death which is not synonymous with destruction, but which turns into an opportunity to be finally reborn to the true life that only the Lord can give us as a gift of the Father.” These are the closing words of the Easter message sent by Fr. Enrique Sánchez González to all his Comboni Missionaries.

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‘NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH AND REACH A PEACE AGREEMENT BEFORE EASTER’ - AN EASTER MESSAGE

From the Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol - Bishop of Wau Diocese South Sudan - Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan – April 2014 - South Sudanese people are good at celebrating, given half a chance people will sing and dance and it does not take long for more people to join in. I take a lot of joy in this, I think it is beautiful and precious. At times of national celebration you can really feel a sense of joy, it is for me this sense of joy that reminds me what life is really about. It is true, we cannot be happy all day every day but if you lose this sense of joy then really something is missing from your life and you are not whole.

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