Posts Tagged ‘sudan’

No time to wait

Monday, July 10th, 2023

If you think the events in Sudan right now are an emergency without warning, think again. The current conflict is instead an acute symptom of a crisis that has plagued the country for decades. The people of Sudan have been suffering for far too long from political turmoil and economic instability. The escalating humanitarian needs Read more

Sudan’s catastrophic destruction: Churches plead for peace

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

Sudan is in the front line again as the country is engulfed in war. Church leaders are among those calling for peace as desperate people try to survive the unthinkable. The current conflict, which is less than a month old, has already claimed at least 528 people and wounded 4,599, the health ministry reports. There’s Read more

Pope calls for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan over Nile dam

Monday, August 17th, 2020

Pope Francis called for dialogue between Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan on Saturday, urging them not to let a dispute over a dam on the Nile lead to conflict. The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is being built some 15 km (9 miles) from Ethiopia’s border with Sudan, has become a major source of discord between Read more

Sudan to hand over ex-president responsible for Darfur genocide, war crimes

Monday, February 17th, 2020

The transitional government in Sudan has agreed to turn over former President Omar al-Bashir and two other ex-government officials responsible for the genocide in Darfur to face prosecution at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands. The Associated Press reports that a member of Sudan’s sovereign council announced Tuesday that transitional authorities and rebel groups Read more

Catholic Church in Sudan gives hope during war

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

The Catholic Church in Sudan has given hope to its people says the chair of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North. Abdelaziz Adam al-Hilu says the the Church has encouraged the people of the Nuba Mountains during decades of war with the government in Khartoum. “Bishop Macram gave hope to the people. He gave them courage Read more

War in South Sudan drags on, church helps displaced

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

In South Sudan about a third of the 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes. The Catholic Church is one group trying to help alleviate suffering. In the grounds of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Wau, for example, almost 10,000 internally displaced people continue to find refuge. Read more     Read more

Caritas humanitarian worker returning to South Sudan for famine response

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Following the declaration of famine in South Sudan, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand’s lead humanitarian aid worker, Mark Mitchell, is preparing to return to the world’s newest nation. He is going to help coordinate the Caritas response to the worsening situation. “I was in the country last year to bolster Caritas’ humanitarian response to the existing Read more

Dr. Tom Catena — ‘He’s Jesus Christ’

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

If you subscribe to the caricature of devout religious believers as mostly sanctimonious hypocrites, the kind who rake in cash and care about human life only when it is unborn, come visit the doctor here. Dr. Tom Catena, 51, a Catholic missionary from Amsterdam, New York, is the only doctor at the 435-bed Mother of Read more

Why migrants risk death in the Mediterranean

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Sobbing and shaking, Mohamed Abdallah tries to explain why he still wants to risk crossing the Mediterranean Sea in an inflatable boat. He sits in a migrant detention centre in Zawya, Libya, surrounded by hundreds of fellow asylum seekers who nearly died this week at sea. They survived only after being intercepted, detained and brought Read more

Death-row mother meets Pope Francis after fleeing Sudan

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Pope Francis has met Meriam Ibrahim and her family at the Vatican after they fled Sudan, where she recently faced a death sentence. Pope Francis praised Mrs Ibrahim for her steadfast witness to Christ, in refusing to renounce her faith, despite facing a death sentence for apostasy against Islam. The Pontiff spent 30 minutes with Ibrahim, her husband Read more