Making a Difference: This Advent, as we prepare to celebrate our savior's birth, let us also remember the infancy of the world's youngest nation.
Global Sisters Report: The conflict in South Sudan may not yet be over, and women have been leaders in grass-roots demonstrations to end the conflict.
NCR Today: High school students (again) give witness to mercy, tolerance; Forth Worth shuts lay-run retreat center; Bishop Pates on climate change.
Global Sisters Report: Kenyan Sr. Anne Kiragu is exceedingly busy in South Sudan, but she always makes time for those suffering in the war-torn country.
Religious leaders, including a Catholic archbishop, called for prayers for peace while urging government and rebel forces in South Sudan to lay down their arms and allow a tenuous cease-fire to take effect.
Fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, Kiir's former vice president, flared Monday, two days after the parties agreed to the cease-fire.
The cease fire agreement announced in South Sudan late Friday, was shattered on Sunday, but was precariously holding on Monday. Here’s a Google News alert feed that outlines the developments:
"We are alive and there is hope, a chance for a new beginning," just like the early followers of Jesus after his death.
According to a Radio Tamajuz report, a Sudanese warplane dropped a bomb close to Mother of Mercy Hospital operated by Dr. Tom Catena, whom NCR has interviewed this past year.
"A Sudanese warplane dropped a bomb that hit the grounds of Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel, in the Nuba Mountains, last Thursday, 1 May.
Some of South Sudan's considerable challenges and seemingly intractable problems are exemplified in the little hamlet of Gumbo, outside of Juba.
South Sudan's civil war has taken a brutal turn, despite appeals from the country's church leaders to stop the violence.
In the oil hub of Bentiu, rebels loyal to ousted Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer, killed more than 200 civilians and wounded more than 400 in mid-April, the United Nations reported Monday. People were slaughtered inside a mosque, a hospital, and the city's Catholic church. The U.N. said hate speech was broadcast on local radio stations, urging certain groups to leave the city and encouraging men to rape women.