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January 14-16, 2000
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FIVE HUNDRED CHILDREN FREED FROM SLAVERY

Dynamic Missionary Group Works in Africa

    EL OBEID, SUDAN, JAN 13 (ZENIT-FIDES).- 500 Sudanese children of the Dinka tribe have been freed from slavery by the Apostles of Jesus. The children are now attending schools in Turolet and Abyei, in the diocese of El Obeid. The Apostles of Jesus is one of the most dynamic missionary groups in Africa, and is working to establish 9 missions among the Nubian people of Gidel and Kauda and an additional 9 missions in the diocese of Rumbek in southern Sudan.

    "Each one of our communities participates in the people's life through prayer, work, and simplicity of living. A community cannot evangelize without regular and total contact with the people," Fr. Sylvester Rwomukubwe, the Superior General of this religious institute, said.

    Sudan is governed by a military dictatorship of fundamentalist Islamic orientation. In 1982, when the Khartoum regime enforced the "sharia" or Islamic law, animists and Christians in the south rebelled. Among these southern populations there are unscrupulous traders who buy boys and girls from the military and sell them as slaves to northern families or other Islamic countries.

    The Apostles of Jesus have their mother house in Nairobi, Kenya, and number 347 -- 257 priests, 2 deacons, 73 seminarians, and 5 temporary brothers. In training are 15 novices, 51 postulants, and 680 aspirants. They are organized in 81 communities: 38 in Kenya, 20 in Uganda, 10 in Tanzania, 2 in Ethiopia, and 9 in Sudan. In 1999 alone, 23 young men were ordained priests in the community of the Apostles of Jesus. Now they hope to open a community in South Africa and another in the United States. ZE00011302

          

January 14-16, 2000
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