- Jul 9, 2020
etr Jasek is a Czech national and aid worker who was imprisoned in Sudan for over a year. Jasek, who works for Voice of the Martyrs, had been sentenced to life in prison for allegedly spying and working for an NGO without a permit. He was released in 2017.
In South Sudan, food security is still a major concern as the country braces for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Catholic Relief Services.
A controversy surrounding the installation of a new archbishop of Juba has met stiff resistance, with a group of clerics and laypeople rejecting the Vatican’s choice.
After Pope Francis promised government and opposition officials in South Sudan last year that he would visit the country if they were able to implement a long-delayed peace agreement, the visit came one step closer to becoming a reality when leaders sealed that deal over the weekend.
According to a leading figure striving to help South Sudanese leaders to make good on their promise to form a transitional government as part of a peace deal that has been several times delayed, all parties involved are making good progress.
As he does every year, Pope Francis issued a special blessing on Christmas, offering prayers of peace for migrants and all countries facing violent conflict and asking Christians to do their part in showing God’s love in their daily actions.