THE FIRST GROUP BAPTISMS OF CHILDREN IN SOUTH SUDAN

Alexandrian Patriarchate – March 2014

Sudan: With the grace of God and the blessing of His Beatitude Theodoros II, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria, His Eminence Narcissus, Metropolitan of Nubia, performed the first group baptism of South Sudan children on Tuesday 25th February 2014,

This concerned children who had remained un-baptized for many years, due to the civil war in the broader region of the South. The blessing and joy were evident on the faces of the newly-baptized children. The emotion and gratitude were etched on the faces of the parents and families present, as they had been waiting for this moment for years. Nine children were baptized, ranging in age from infants to sixteen years. At the end of the Sacrament, His Eminence addressed the children, giving advice and spiritual counsel. Present at the baptism were the Consul of South Sudan Mr. Robert Ring Ring and the Chairman of the Ouaou Community Mr. Aristotelis Kikezos, as the children come from that region.

In the church grounds following the service a reception was held organized by the mothers of the children. Without exception we all experienced an inner joy and calm, as well as peace, which is an indication of the presence of God.

We glorify God for these great blessings.

From the Holy Metropolis of Nubia

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