The Catholic priests of Sudan know all too well what suffering is. Their knowledge comes not from reading the newspaper or watching television, but directly and personally, as part of the bloody Way of the Cross of the Catholic Church in Sudan.
“You are the hope of this 2000-year-old Church of ours: being young in faith, you must be like the first Christians and radiate enthusiasm and courage…You will also be a leaven of missionary spirit for the older Churches.” Saint John Paul II
In Africa, the number of Catholics is growing faster than the Muslim population. The Catholic Church is also growing at a faster rate than other Christian denominations: since 1980 Africa’s Catholic population has more than tripled to 200 million. But, above all, the growth and enthusiasm of the faith in Africa is a beacon of hope for the continent and the world at large.
The Diocese of Nebbi in northwest Uganda has been plagued by armed conflict and terrorism for 30 years, like much of the north of the country. Although the situation has been more stable over the past decade, deep wounds are still evident today.