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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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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FINDING HOPE IN A HOPELESS SITUATION: IMPRESSIONS OF A PASTORAL VISIT TO WAR-DISPLACED COMMUNITIES IN SOUTH SUDAN

By James Komakech Kenyi – Fighting between government (SPLA) and armed opposition (SPLA-IO) forces in and around South Sudan’s Kajo-Keji County has made more than 100,000 people to flee to Uganda. Tens of thousands are living as internally displaced persons (IDPs) near the border between the two countries. As conflict intensified in the area early this year, Kajo-Keji’s population left […]

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LIVING IN INHUMAN CONDITIONS AND WITH UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE FUTURE: THE IMPACTS OF SOUTH SUDAN’S CIVIL WAR ON CHILDREN

By Phillip Andruga – The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles which cover all aspects of a child’s life and set out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children everywhere are entitled to. For instance, in Article 19 of the Convention it is stated that “all children have the right […]

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COMBONI MISSION IN SOUTH SUDAN: ‘WE CONTINUE TO WORK AS MISSIONARIES IN EXILE’

Fr. Jesus Aranda is a Comboni missionary working among South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda. Fr. Aranda and other three missionaries were initially based in Kajo-Keji County, South Sudan, under the Catholic Diocese of Yei. These four Comboni missionaries and the people they evangelise have been forced to leave their parish and mission due to armed conflicts and insecurity in […]

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