HOPEFUL NOT HOPELESS

By Bill Firman (Solidarity with South Sudan) – I have sometimes been asked what hope is there for South Sudan? Tribal divisions have become very deep, and almost everybody has lost relatives and friends in this senseless violence. Amnesty International quotes a staggering, horrible statistic: ‘A survey conducted in 2015 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) found that 72% […]

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‘THANKS, ST. DANIEL COMBONI, FOR HAVING FOUNDED THE INSTITUTE’: MESSAGE FOR THE COMBONI DAY 2017

Letter of the General Council of the Comboni Missionaries on the occasion of the feast day of St. Daniel Comboni: 10 October 2017. “Sing to the Lord, all the earth… Enter the temple gates with thanksgiving… Bless his name. The Lord is good, his love is eternal and his faithfulness lasts for ever” (Psalm 100). Dear confreres, Happy St. Daniel […]

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COMBONI MISSIONARIES BEGIN RENEWAL COURSE

A Eucharistic celebration marked the begging of the 18th edition of the Comboni Year of Ongoing Formation in Rome this Thursday 21 September. The ‘Comboni Year’ is a renewal course for missionaries that have done over ten years of missionary service. A group of twenty-three Comboni missionaries participate in this ongoing formation activity.  They work in 13 countries in Africa, […]

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MUSHROOM LEADERSHIP

By Bill Firman – SSS – There are many different styles of Leadership. In 1978, I read a parable in a Hong Kong newspaper that caught my attention and I have used it many times since in talking about leadership. At that time the Soviet Union had been led by only four General Secretaries, or Presidents, who held the positions […]

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POSITIVE OUTLOOK ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE MISSION: A NEW EVANGELIZATION FOR THE SECOND MILLENNIUM

By Fr. Antonio La Braca – During the annual assembly of the Comboni missionaries in South Sudan in January this year, I had the impression that we breathed air of failure and sadness: 46 Comboni communities to close, merging of provinces, decline in finances, decrease in numbers, Comboni missionaries in closure. It is to be told to confreres, even of […]

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ENCOUNTER WITH THE WALKING NATION

By Lily Grace – The political and economic situation in South Sudan has left many people vulnerable to famine and sickness. We are faced with a reality that shows a devastating situation of helplessness. We have become a walking nation of wounded and suffering humanity not by choice but by circumstance. Every day, streams of young and old people struggle […]

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THE CRY OF THE POOR IS THE CRY OF GOD

By Mario Pellegrino – I cannot forget what I have experienced the day I arrived in Nyal, the village where I live and work as a missionary in South Sudan. When I got off the UN helicopter that does humanitarian air service in the country, I was immediately attracted by joyful songs and dances performed by many people who crowded […]

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