OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA-Appeal for the new state of Southern Sudan: hopes and anxiety about the future of this region

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, the Archbishop of Adelaide, Mgr.Philip Wilson, has asked to respond with a spirit of solidarity to the appeal launched by Caritas Australia to support the new republic of South Sudan, the youngest State in the world. "The communities of South Sudan are on the threshold of independence and we look forward with great hope and anxiety to the future of this fragile region", this is what is read in a statement issued by Caritas Australia. "This week, our thoughts and our prayers will be addressed, in sign of solidarity to the people of the Republic of South Sudan, so that they may enjoy a peaceful transition to statehood and a future free of poverty", said the Archbishop. "Independence has the potential to implement the necessary changes in a region plagued by conflict and poverty, but threats of violence and instability are still present. Whole communities are trying to escape the brutality, and hundreds of thousands of people are trying to peacefully return to South Sudan" continues Mgr. Wilson. "I insist even more on your solidarity and your support. Our response to the appeal will not only allow Caritas Australia to strengthen its humanitarian assistance in this time of urgent need, but will also allow the Caritas network to move forward with programs on human development in the long term", concludes the President of the Episcopal Conference. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 07/07/2011)