Sr. Catherine Arata, SSND, director of Pastoral Services, Solidarity with Southern Sudan shared the following story about the close of the 101 Days of Prayer for a Peaceful Referendum:
To officially close the “101 Days of Prayer for a Peaceful Referendum in Sudan”, the Wau Committee for Peace organized a final message at the Jur River in Wau.
The idea was to spread an encouraging word of peace as widely as possible, reaching all the people of Sudan, without any distinction between southerners and northerners.
Pens and papers were distributed in various churches in and outside Wau town during Christmas days. Around 300 messages were collected by the 1st of January by the pastors and the priests of the different religious denominations present in Wau.
In their intentions, the people expressed their belief that God is the only one who can bless the country with peace. The messages spoke of the strong desire for this peace by the people of Sudan.
The messages were gathered by the committee members and put in a box that was taken in procession from the Cathedral to the shores of the river on the 1st of January 2011. Hundreds of people joined the procession singing for peace in Sudan.
After a moment of prayer lead by Bishop Rudolf Deng Majak of the Catholic Church, the box was entrusted to the water of the river together with small paper boats with other messages and prayers for peace in the country.
During his speech, Bishop Deng Majak stated that the end of the campaign is not the end of prayer for peace and encouraged the faithful to keep praying the rosary till the voting days.
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