Pope Francis on Friday met representatives of the South Sudan Council of Churches and discussed how to promote peace in a country ravaged by a bloody four-year civil war. One memeber of the delegation, Bishop Emeritus Paride Tabani of Torit in South Sudan, said “we came as Christians to show that the body of Christ is bleeding.”

“The people need hope. They need healing, they are crying for peace, which cannot be brought by arms, but by love, by a sense of compassion, a spirit of love and forgiveness which God has shown to us, especially now.” said Bishop Tabani

“We would like that this Easter would also be a resurrection of people from their suffering.

It is estimated that up to to 300,000 people have been killed in the war. Those spared death are facing something not much better, a humanitarian crisis that cries to Heaven for help.

Exacerbated by a famine, the situation in South Sudan is truly a hell on Earth. Families are seeking shelter, food, and care in Catholic hospitals and various health centers. Others are fleeing in search of safety and food. Right now, 40% of the country’s population is in need of immediate assistance, or they may die of starvation. But resources are scarce.

Moved by their suffering, Pope Francis’ missions are on the front lines of this dangerous situation. Armed with compassion and the love of Christ, Catholic priests and Sisters are rebuilding schools, and bringing food, care, and supplies directly to these war ravaged peoples.

Pope Francis is calling on all Catholics, and all people of good will, regardless of their faith to assist and give relief to these suffering people, trapped between the hammer and anvil of war and hunger.

To help support and facilitate the activities of Catholic missionaries providing front-line relief, The Pontifical Mission Societies have created MISSIO, a new and innovative Catholic crowd-funding platform that allows you to directly assist Catholic missions and projects all over the world.

Whether you give directly to the Pope’s missions around the world, support this project in South Sudan, or choose any of the other projects on MISSIO, know that 100% of all donations go directly to those in need.

Launched by Pope Francis himself, the MISSIO platform offers a direct connection to change-makers who work on the front lines making a difference for the poor and forgotten through direct, daily service.

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