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Sudan's bishops warn: harsh judgment on those who incite violence

Catholic World News - February 04, 2014

The Catholic bishops of Sudan and South Sudan have joined in a call for the emergence of “a new nation” in South Sudan.

Saying that “business as usual” is no longer possible in a country stricken again by bloodshed, the bishops call for genuine repentance, conversion, and renewal. “Let those who have committed atrocities admit it honestly,” the bishops plead. “Admission of guilt is a virtue, not a weakness.”

“Our vision of a liberated nation in which all people will be equal and live in peace appears to be shattered,“ the bishops lament. „The blood of the innocent, in their thousands, cries out from the ground!“

"The Lord will judge harshly those who continue to murder, rape, and loot his innocent children, and even more harshly those who incite this violence and fail to prevent it in their greed for power,“ the bishops’ letter solemnly warns. The Sudanese bishops say that tensions within the government, ineffective leadership, and widespread corruption of those in power have contributed to the current unrest. “The country needs accountability and transparency from its elected leaders and government officials,” they write.

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