Sudan's islamic government awards Catholic missionary
A Comboni missionary nun has received an awarded from one of the most fundamentalist Islamist regimes in Africa.
The high recognition of Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Beshir has been given to Sr Callista Cozzi, 81, who in 1946 decided to dedicate her life to Sudan, the MISNA missionary agency reported.
At the end of October, the Sudanese authorities conferred a honorary doctorate on Sr Callista for her work in obstetrics in the maternity section of Omdurman, a town near Khartoum, the capital.
Sr Callista herself founded the 200-bed hospital, one of the major health centers in Sudan.
"This recognition honours me, yet not only me but all the Comboni community to which I belong," she said.
It is not the first time that al-Beshir's Muslim government recognised the merits of Sr Callista. Last January, the head of state conferred on her "in the name of the merciful Allah," Sudan's most important honour, the Order of Merit of the first degree.
That award was in recompense "for the excellency of her work in the long and tireless service to mothers and children." In 1995, the National Health Department also honoured her work.
Sudan government decorated Sr Callista Cozzi (Khartoum Monitor)
11 Nov 2002