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Map of South Sudan (Courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin)

NEWLY ORDAINED TOGOLESE PRIEST JOINS COMBONI MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN

28 November 2014 – Fr. Salomon Badatana is a Comboni Missionary priest who was ordained last August in Togo, his home country, and has been assigned to work as a missionary in South Sudan. He has just arrived in this country and shares his missionary and vocational history.

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SOUTH SUDAN CRISIS: ONE YEAR ON

27 November 2014 – (By Comboni Missionaries South Sudan) - On 15 December 2014 will be one year since conflicts broke out in South Sudan following a political crisis and power struggle within the governing party (SPLM) leading the world’s youngest nation to a violent civil war. What impacts has this yearlong brutal conflict made on the country as a whole? How has the International Community responded to this crisis? Have the peace talks and all efforts to mediate a peaceful resolution between the Government of the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A in Opposition been successful at all? What is the prospectus of peace, reconciliation and development in South Sudan?

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SIX YOUNG CANDIDATES SEEK TO JOIN THE COMBONI MISSIONARIES IN SOUTH SUDAN

25 November 2014 – A group of six young people have applied to join the Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan. They are willing to surrender their lives as consecrated men to the service of the Gospel in the footstep of St. Daniel Comboni.

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SOUTH SUDAN: THE IMPACT OF WAR AND THE IMPORTANCE OF PEACE

26 November 2014 – (James Copnall / The Guardian - 26 November) - When John Riek was 12, he was forcibly recruited into the Red Army, the youth wing of the rebels who would eventually take South Sudan to independence after more than two decades of conflict and an estimated two million deaths. Many years later, after he was reunited with his parents, the former child soldier decided to fight for peace. “I was away from my family for 15 years,” he says. “I know the impact of war and I know the importance of peace.”

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YOUTHS CRY FOR HELP FOR 45,000 IDPS IN FANGAK COUNTY

24 November 2014 – (www.gurtong.net – 23 Nov.) - The influx of the displaced persons (IDPs) from eastern sisterly Pigi County to Old Fangak Payam of Fangak County has been ongoing for the last couple of weeks.

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POPE FRANCIS: ADDRESS TO THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE

26 November 2014 – (Vatican Radio / 25 November 2014) - Pope Francis on Tuesday called on Europe’s leaders to work diligently and continuously for creative solutions to divisions and conflict for a peaceful continent.  In a wide-ranging speech to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, Pope Francis observed that “peace continues all too often to be violated” in many parts of the world where conflicts “continue to fester.”

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