Now I order you to retain this creed for your nourishment throughout life and never to accept any alternative, not even if I myself were to change and say something contrary to what I am now teaching, not even if some angel of contradiction, changed into an angel of light, tried to lead you astray. For even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which you have now received, let him be accursed in your sight. – St Cyril of Jerusalem
Emergency Aid for Catholic Churches in South Sudan
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English: A village in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Toposa Children in South Sudan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The images of starving children are so terrible that some people might turn away. But our traditions and faith make it impossible to ignore the human suffering of our brothers and sisters. That’s why we’re partnering with the Conference of Catholic Bishops in South Sudan to feed hungry families who have turned church compounds into makeshift refugee camps.
According to local parish priests on the ground, thousands are seeking refuge at Catholic compounds. Women, children and the elderly are sleeping inside churches or in classroom buildings. Many more are living under tarps and tents outside. The total number of internally displaced people seeking help from the diocese is hard to measure, as increasing numbers of women, children and families come out of the bush, looking for safety and food.
“Please come to our aid – help me respond to immense humanitarian difficulties which have befallen my diocese.”
Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio
Our work with starving children is more than difficult – it causes a pain felt deep in the heart. Your gift can keep children and their families alive. Thank you for answering the SOS we’ve received from the Catholic community in South Sudan. Please pray for peace for these beautiful people who deserve God’s mercy and love.