South Sudan: Risking all to offer Christ’s love

Father Antonio is week by week risking his life to minister in a displacement camp in the South Sudan region of Renk where 9,000 people are struggling to survive.

The priest, who himself fled for his life as the conflict spread, said: “We have made trips to visit our flock, bring relief supplies and provide the Sacraments. The spiritual care of refugees is well provided for; there is an active prayer life and children are preparing for baptisms at the camps.”

“I suffer much because I cannot always be with them. It is very dangerous because I have to move around. That is my cross.”

Priests such as Father Antonio have described wearing a chasuble all day, every day as it protects them from attack by militia who instantly recognise it as religious attire.