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Papal envoy demands action on Darfur


Archbishop Josef Cordes, speaking from Sudan where he is acting as the Pope's personal envoy to the Darfur region, has said that the war in Sudan "has been overlooked and ignored in public opinion for too long".

Catholic World News reports that Archbishop Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, issued his statement from Khartoum after visiting refugee camps in the Darfur region.

He reported that thousands of people from Darfur "have been forced to flee and live in conditions unworthy of man" because of the raids on villages in the region.

International leaders, the archbishop continued, "have a duty to look beyond their own interests" to help the people of Darfur escape from their misery.

A humanitarian crisis has developed in the western region after Arabic tribes, reportedly backed by the Khartoum government, conducted bloody raids on native African villages.

Archbishop Cordes issued his statement after concelebrating Sunday mass in Khartoum with Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako and with Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the apostolic nuncio to Sudan.

SOURCE
Papal envoy demands action on Darfur (Catholic World News 26/7/04)

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Darfur, Papal Envoy: Khartoum must guarantee security of displaced (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
Loreto meeting: Apostolic Nuncio "darfur is a racist conflict" (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
South Sudan, around 40 killed in LRA rebel attack against village (Missionary Service News Agency 26/7/04)
Feverish diplomatic activity to solve the crisis in Darfur (Fides 23/7/04)
Sudanese leaders must guarantee safety of their people (Vatican Information Service 26/7/04)
Darfur: Papal Envoy in s to visit refugee camp (Missionary Service News Agency 24/7/04)
In Sudan, Fears of a "Slow-Motion Rwanda" (Zenit 23/7/04)
Pope Urging Khartoum to Help Solve Darfur Conflict (Zenit 22/7/04)
Pope Urges Peace in Uganda, Sudan (Voice of America 25/7/04)
Sudan rebels accused of blocking talks (Reuters 25/7/04)
World's worst humanitarian crisis in Darfur (Wel-com)
US Congress Declares Genocide in Darfur (Catholic Information Service for Africa 23/7/04)
Christian aid agencies unite for Sudan (Ekklesia 21/7/04)
Papal envoy wants public conscious of Darfur (Catholic World News 23/7/04)
Pope appeals for end to Sudan abuses (CathNews 23/7/04)
Pope's urgent plea for Darfur (Catholic Weekly 22/7/04)
Papal Envoy Heading to Sudan's Troubled West (Zenit 21/7/04)
Christian aid agencies unite for Sudan (Ekklesia 21/7/04)
Sudan and its wars: less conventional arms (hunger) less conventional soldiers (children) (Fides 16/7/04)
Peace talks for Darfur start in Ethiopia S. Egidio community observers among those present (Fides 16/7/04)
Rape used as a weapon in Darfur, rights group charges (Catholic World News 20/7/04)
Humanitarian crisis strikes Sudan (Catholic Leader 18/7/04)
Sudan accused of using rape as 'weapon of war' (London Daily Telegraph 20/7/04)
Sudan is getting away with murder (London Daily Telegraph 20/7/04)
Rape 'a weapon' in Sudan war (BBC 19/7/04)
Head of US church body arrested in protest over Sudan (Ecumenical News International 16/7/04)
Halt to Genocide in Darfur Region of Sudan Is Urged (Zenit 16/7/04)
Australian aid for Sudan (Insights 16/7/04)
Darfur Emergency Response (Act International/Caritas Internatlis)
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Darfur: A genocide waiting to be prevented (National Catholic Reporter 16/7/04)
US Catholic relief official says Sudan faces 'catastrophic loss of life' without aid (CathNews 8/7/04)
Aid begins to reaches Sudanese (CathNews 5/7/04)
CAFOD aid reaches Sudan (Reuters AlertNet 2/7/04)
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Refugee crisis in Sudan (Caritas Aotearoa NZ)
Darfur bloodshed tests African Union's peace plans (ABC 4/7/04)
No blinking on Darfur (Christian Science Monitor 2/7/04)
Sudan pledges to disarm militias (BBC 3/7/04)
Aid begins to reaches Sudanese (Independent Catholic News 2/7/04)
Interview opportunity with aid worker in Sudan (Caritas Australia 1/7/04)

27 Jul 2004