01 Apr 2015 Q&A Comments (1)

Is it OK to refuse to tithe if my pastor won't discuss contraception in RCIA?

Full Question My parish priest teaches RCIA yet refuses to address the issue of contraception. Can I withhold money from my parish tithe for his refusal to…

Read more

28 Apr 2016 Articles No comments

Tortured by Islamists, Strengthened by Christ

Fr. Douglas al-Bazi loves being a priest. The gentle Chaldean from Baghdad loves the flock he shepherds in Erbil, Iraq. He has witnessed the bombing of hi…

Read more

31 Dec 2015 Q&A Comments (73)

What does the Church say about Freemasonry?

Full Question What is the Catholic Church's official position on Freemasonry? Are Catholics free to become Freemasons? Answer Freemasonry is incomp…

Read more

26 May 2016 Vatican Comments (10)

Vatican liturgy chief urges priests to celebrate Mass facing east

Cardinal Robert Sarah made the comments in an exclusive interview with Famille Chrétienne The Vatican’s liturgy chief has called on priests to celebrate Mass f…

Read more

11 Oct 2016 News Q&A No comments

Should Christians protest the Dakota Access Pipeline?

The Dakota Access Pipeline is being laid across Native American land in North Dakota. Native Americans have turned out by the thousands since May to oppose its …

Read more

23 Jun 2016 Articles No comments

It Was Sin That Killed our Savior

Reflections on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ We were a dozen men and women from assorted backgrounds and professions seated around a large table…

Read more

20 Jul 2016 Americas Europe News USA Vatican Comments (1)

Archdiocese prepares to open Cause of Romano Guardini

The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising is preparing to open the Cause of Romano Guardini, one of the most influential Catholic theologians of the 20th century. …

Read more

09 Sep 2014 USA Comments (1)

Contraception mandate, Religious freedom, Obama Administration, Little Sisters of the Poor

Washington D.C., Sep 9, 2014 / 03:34 pm .- The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor o…

Read more

17 Oct 2015 Articles No comments

Documentary: St. Ignatius of Antioch (A Bishop and Martyr) "I prefer death in Christ Jesus to power over the farthes…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

Sudan’s Bishop Edward Kussala strongly condemns assault on Nuns

A ‘vicious’ attack on Nuns at a teachers training college in South Sudan has greatly distressed and saddened a Church a church official said. Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio said Violence and fear-mongering seem “rampant in both Church and society" in the north-east African country.

Noting that “not a day seems to go by without a news story that sends shivers down my spine," Bishop Kussala said in a statement that he was devastated at recent attacks, including that on the religious sisters.

Five unknown armed men attacked and threatened religious sisters at the Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, on Monday December 28.

The unmasked men climbed the fence around the Solidarity Teacher Training College in Yambio, just after the students had gone to bed, confronted the Nuns just as they were locking up for the night and demanded phones,guns, computers, money and cash. Although the Nuns were very cooperative, the armed men were still physically aggressive speaking English and Azande.

Director of Solidarity with South Sudan,De La Salle Brother Bill Firman,said in a statement , “Of course the sisters had no guns, but handed over the other items" and the men drove away in two cars, It was clearly a planned attack, but the assailants were not familiar with the compound," he said, noting that it was “a very traumatic incident, but there were no casualties."

Bishop Kussala called on the people of faith to “demand that our political representatives find ways to implement an August peace agreement signed by Kiir, Machar and other stakeholders and to work toward ending the “senseless violence."

A deep sense of tragedy “hangs in the air and, in addition to praying for the perpetrators, those killed, injured, harmed and all of their families, I find myself lamenting the lack of progress" in ending the attacks, the Bishop said.

Considering religious leaders’ attempts to induce gun control, Bishop Kussala said “our awareness of the massiveness of the task should not lead us to give up in despair but encourage us to do what we can, where we are, with what we have."

“We are called more than ever to be witnesses of hope," he said.

President Kiir called for peace and reconciliation in his country after attending a prayer service at St. Teresa Cathedral in Juba on 27th December. The President further urged church leaders, other faith-based and civil societies to help his government establish and maintain peace, reconciliation and forgiveness.

More than 100 people have been killed since May in Western Equatoria, which until then had been relatively peaceful in war-torn South Sudan. In early December, violent battles erupted between armed groups in Yambio.




Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories