Khartoum, 21 August, 2023 / 9:25 pm (ACI Africa).
In a report that the Catholic Radio Network (CRN) published on Friday, August 18, Archbishop Hubertus Matheus Maria van Megen acknowledges with appreciation the initiatives to help returnees and refugees, who have fled the Sudan violent conflict that the Local Ordinary of Malakal, Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok, and the Coordinator of Caritas Malakal, also referred to as the department of Integral Human Development, Sr. Elena Balatti of the Comboni Missionary Sisters (CMS) are undertaking.
Making reference to the Catholic Diocese of Malakal, Archbishop van Megen is quoted as saying, “Through the Church, there is a sign of hope; through the church there seems to be a new future; through the church there seems to be a way out of darkness.”
The Nairobi-based Vatican diplomat who represents the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan further says, “I want to appreciate the (work) of Caritas in Malakal, (and) the work of Bishop. In (a) special way, let me mention Sr. (Elena Balatti) who has always been there as a pillar to the church and the people in Malakal.”
In the August 18 CRN report, Archbishop van Megen makes reference to the four-day visit of the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, to the world’s youngest nation that concluded on August 17 with his visit to the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek.