NATIONAL BLACK CATHOLIC
APOSTOLATE FOR LIFE
The Sudan Peace Act & Black Catholics for Life
November 7, 2002, NYC)
National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life announces to the community, that on
Monday, October 21, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the recently
passed Sudan Peace Act.
The Act includes a formal finding of genocide against the Government of
Sudan and requires an investigation of war crimes.
The new law also condemns slavery, aerial bombings of civilian targets,
manipulation of food aid, and other human rights abuse and tactics of the
Government of Sudan.
It condemns human rights violations on all side in the conflict in Sudan.
The Sudan Peace Act also authorizes $300 million over the next three
years to provide increased assistance to the areas of Sudan that are not
controlled by the Government of Sudan to support the rebuilding of civil
Black Catholics for Life we are deeply grateful to God and St. Josephine Bakhita
of Sudan, that the prayers and witness of so many of our people played a part in
bringing about this tremendous breakthrough in the U.S. policy on Sudan,”
stated Franciscan Father Jim Goode, president of the National Black Catholic
Apostolate for Life, which includes all the national Black Catholic
organizations in the United States.
shows that a just and lasting peace is not ensured by written documents but
rather depends on the participation of all the citizens working to build and
maintain such peace” (Sudanese Bishops, August 31, 2002).
National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life is calling on all Black Catholics to
stand in solidarity with our sisters and brother in Sudan.
To maintain an unwavering vigilance as we hold up the dignity of all
human life in Sudan and throughout the world.
Pray without ceasing as we struggle for a just peace and religious
freedom for all in Sudan.
U.S. Catholic Bishop- Social Development and World Peace suggest that we:
For more information please
contact the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life, email@example.com.