Bishop and Dean of Salisbury visit Sudan *Updated with Gallery

by Michael Ford last modified 23 Apr, 2012 09:48 AM

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, and the Dean of Salisbury, June Osborne, leave for Sudan today (Thursday 10 November) for a nine day trip. They will travel to Juba, capital of South Sudan.

Bishop and Dean of Salisbury visit Sudan *Updated with Gallery

Bishop Holtam and Dean Osborne

Bishop Holtam and Dean Osborne will participate in the Provincial Synod of the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS), meeting bishops, clergy and diocesan representatives, and learn about the life and work of the ECS. 

They will also visit local parishes, churches and schools, seeing examples of theological and general education and medical support.

This will be the first Provincial meeting since South Sudan marked its independence in July. The ECS continues to cover the whole of Sudan, both north and south.

The division of the country has led to conflict in disputed border areas. Thousands of Christians living in the northern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile were purged by the northern army of President Omar El-Bashir, who has declared that North Sudan is to adopt Islamic Sharia Law. The President has been charged with war crimes by the International Criminal Court.

The Archbishop of the ECS, Dr Daniel Deng Bul, was forced to cancel his visit to Salisbury for Bishop Holtam’s enthronement last month, due to being a critical figure in peace negotiations. He was represented by Bishop Ezekiel Kondo of Khartoum, the northern capital, who met with the Archbishop of Canterbury and foreign office officials to brief them on the situation for Christians in the north.

Bishop Holtam said today: ‘I am delighted to have this early opportunity to travel to Sudan to meet Archbishop Daniel Deng and as many Church leaders as possible there, and to learn about the situation faced by the people at a critical time. I am committed to doing all I can both to assist the Church in its work for peace in Sudan, but also to foster Salisbury’s link with the ECS, which is one of the best things about becoming Bishop here.’

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Links
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Bishop of Salisbury 
Dean of Salisbury
Salisbury Sudan Link 

Notes
The Diocese of Salisbury has been linked with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (ECS) for 39 years, and there have been regular exchange visits. The Link’s partners currently include contacts in Parliament, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, non-government organisations and other international partners.

Further information contact
The Revd Jonathan Ball, Bishop’s Press Officer
Telephone: 01722 334031/07500 872081
bishops.chaplain@salisbury.anglican.org

 

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