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SOUTH SUDAN: AMECEA Justice, Peace and Caritas Coordinator pays a courtesy call to the South Sudan Bishops’ Secretariat

AMECEA Online News Correspondent

Mr. Antony Mbandi, with the Secretary General to the
 South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat
 Fr. Charles Abbud in his office in Juba

The AMECEA Justice Peace and Caritas Coordinator, Antony Mbandi, visited the Secretariat of the Bishops in South Sudan, Juba. During the visit Antony was welcomed to the secretariat by the Secretary to the South Sudan Catholic Bishops Secretariat, Fr. Charles Abbud Edward.

Fr. Charles, appreciated the visit and he invited AMECEA to continue supporting South Sudan especially in these times of turmoil. He reiterated that the suffering of the people of South Sudan has reached unprecedented proportions.  A good example he gave was the need for the secretariat to have armed police guarding it after a series of failed attempts to break into the secretariat.  He indicated this was a sad development especially thinking that people have reached a point of wanting to rob the church, which has been helping in times of need.  He further encouraged AMECEA Justice Peace and Caritas department to develop more modules especially in the areas of peace building, conflict management, and other areas that the department might be able collaborate with the social arms of the church.

The Coordinator also held discussions with Director of Caritas South Sudan especially looking at the just concluded emergency appeal.  In his remarks Mr. Gabriel Yai thanked the Caritas fraternity that had come to the aid of South Sudan especially in times of need.  He also mentioned that more could be done especially on developing the institutional capacities of Caritas South Sudan. He further decried the continued emergency situation in South Sudan, which seems not to stop.

On his part the Justice Peace and Caritas Coordinator promised to continue seeking ways to work with all the stakeholders in South Sudan so as to find ways of improving the living standards of the people and especially seeking ways of bring peace to the young nation.  Finally, he conveyed the message of solidarity from the Bishop Chair of Justice Peace and Caritas Department Rt. Rev. Joseph Anthony Zziwa (Bishop of Kiyinda-Mitiyana), The Secretary General of AMECEA, Fr. Ferdinand Lugonzo and the entire staff of the AMECEA Secretariat.


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