Sudan Council of Churches Issues Pastoral Letter on Transitional Constitution
In April 2013, the Sudan Council of Churches, of which the Catholic Church is a member, issued a call to all people of good will to do their part to ensure that the constitutional review process leads to good governance of the new nation of South Sudan. The document, Pastoral Letter on the National Constitutional Review of the Transitional Constitution of the Republic of South Sudan: An opportunity to produce a just Constitution and a step in Building a new Nation (Word file), identifies issues with the process, makes suggestions, and creates a “committee to provide the leadership for the Churches engagement in this process from the grassroots.”
Play for Peace at University of Notre Dame
The University of Notre Dame men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse teams collaborated with student government and a host of departments across the campus to sponsor the Playing for Peace 3v3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, December 4, 2010. The event was designed to raise awareness and to stand with Sudan for a just and lasting peace.
The Prospect for Peace in Sudan: A View from Religious Leaders on the Ground
The Council on Foreign Relations hosted a forum on October 14, 2010, about prospects for peace in Sudan relating to the upcoming January 2011 referendum. Speakers included: Daniel Adwok Kur, Auxiliary Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Khartoum; Daniel Deng Bul Yak, Archbishop, Episcopal Church of the Sudan; John Ashworth, Director, Denis Hurley Conference of Churches; Ramadan Chan, General Secretary, Sudan Council of Churches, and; Samuel Kobia, Ecumenical Special Envoy to Sudan, All Africa Conference of Churches. An audio recording and transcript are available.
Peace in the Balance
Watch an event with Sudanese Bishops at University of Notre Dame, Hesburgh Auditorium, Oct. 5, 4:15 – 5:45 p.m., EDT, available with streaming video, sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Center for Social Concerns, Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies & Solidarity, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Program in Catholic Social Tradition, and Mendoza College of Business; Catholic Relief Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office of International Justice and Peace.
A Future Full of Hope: A Message of Hope and a Call to Action
The Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a message (PDF File) on the occasion of their extraordinary plenary session held July 15-22, 2010 in Juba, Sudan, regarding the 2011 referendum vote.
Pax Christi Issues New Report on Sudan Peace Agreement
IKV Pax Christi has just issued its second CPA Alert: The State of Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement (September 2010). This report (PDF File) concludes that “the holding of a free and fair referendum is the centerpiece of the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] and must therefore be the over-riding priority of policy making and enactment for all stakeholders, including the Sudanese governments, political parties and civil society, and the international community.”
Sudan Position Paper—Choose Life
Here is an official position paper of the Sudan Council of Churches that reflects the Church’s stand on current issues both pre- and post-referendum, disseminated on May 5, 2010 (PDF document). It opens with this paragraph: “This is a historic period in the history of Sudan. After the referendum in 2011 Sudan will never be the same again, whether it remains united or becomes two countries. Time is short and urgent reflection and action are needed to ensure a peaceful future. This is Sudan’s Kairos Moment. It is time to choose life. We have no time to waste.”
Critical Time for Peace in Sudan
This is a critical time for peace in southern Sudan as the 2005 peace agreement enters its final year of implementation. National elections were held in April and southerners will vote in a referendum on independence from Sudan next January. This past March, the Sudanese Church Leaders Forum brought together more than 60 leaders from Sudan’s Christian churches under the umbrella of the Sudan Council of Churches to promote a unified vision for peace. The Sudan Catholic Bishops Regional Conference is playing a prominent role in peacebuilding, with the support of various Catholic aid agencies, including Catholic Relief Services, which has announced a $4 million peacebuilding initiative. For general information on political developments in Sudan, go to the Human Security Gateway.
Another War in Sudan?
Pax Christi International and its African partners have prioritized for education and action two conflict areas largely ignored by the US media and the US peace movement, namely the conflicts in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Pax Christi USA Task Force on Africa is trying to educate its members and friends on these two conflicts, two of the worst violent conflict situations in the world today. Here is an article in the Sudan Tribune on conflict developments within the south. Additional information is provided by the Human Security Gateway.