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SOUTH SUDAN: COMBONI MISSIONARIES HOLD ANNUAL ASSEMBLY

18 January 2017 – Comboni missionaries working in eight evangelising missions across South Sudan have gathered in the capital Juba for their annual assembly. The motivational theme of this Provincial Assembly recalls the theme of the 2015 XVII General Chapter of the Comboni Institute whose theme was “Comboni Missionaries disciples called to live the Joy of the Gospel in today’s world”.

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YOUTH ATTEND VOCATION MEETING IN JUBA ARCHDIOCESE

17 January 2017 – (By Christian Carlassare) - On January 14, 2017, the vocation team of the Archdiocese of JUBA invited youth from every parish to attend a recollection day on the theme of vocation at St Paul Major Seminary. About a hundred youth gathered at 9:00 in the morning.

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FORCE IS NOT THE ONLY WEAPON FOR PEACE

07 January 2017 – (By Emmanuel Angunzu Lagu and Moses Oburak) - On 1st January 2017, the New Year restored hope and courage among the citizens in Kajo-Keji. Christians from different chapels around Sacred Heart Parish Lomin, in the Catholic Diocese of Yei, turned up for a social gathering to show love and celebrate the joy of the new year as a family as well as to move forward to peacebuilding. The event was organized by a committee headed by Abuna Jesús Aranda.

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SOUTH SUDAN: CHURCH HOLDS A CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON JUSTICE AND PEACE

14 January 2017 – The Catholic Church in South Sudan has conducted a consultation workshop on National and Diocesan Justice and Peace Commissions. The three days meeting took place at the Good Shepherd Peace Centre in Kit, in the outskirts of Juba, from 10th – 14th January 2017.

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ITINERANT MISSIONARY CHRISTMAS: A WAY OF ACTIVE NONVIOLENCE

05 January 2017 – One of the missionaries in Nyal, Fr. Fernando Galarzza, and a group of people had been waiting for the arrival of a humanitarian air service of the United Nations. The helicopter landed onto Nyal’s dusty airstrip at 11:00 am on 21 December 2016. Among the passengers was Fr. Raimundo Rocha, a Comboni missionary, who would arrive in Nyal to join the war-affected communities in that region of South Sudan to celebrate Christmas with them over the coming two weeks.

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A NEW BEGINNING: ARRIVAL TO OLD FANGAK IN SOUTH SUDAN

12 January 2017 – (By Krzysztof Zębik) - In our missionary life we have to be always ready for changes. I feel sometimes like Jesus who says in the Gospel, “foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head” (Mt 8:20). As missionaries, today we are present in one place but we don’t know where we will be tomorrow. It is very easy to get used to certain things like our community or our work. One day we can even feel that we know our work and what we do. We are trying to be experts in that. However, we as evangelisers have to be opened for constant changes in our life, always opened to what God prepares for us.

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