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An injured boy rests at a medical clinic inside the UN compound on the outskirts of Juba, South Sudan (CNS)

Bishops ‘condemn reports that refer to the violence as conflict between tribes’

A soldier patrols the border of South Sudan amid skirmishes (Photo: CNS)

New secretary of Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue says experience in Sudan was enriching

Benedict XVI visits the Ad Gentes Centre in Nemi, Italy, yesterday

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Cardinal Kurt Koch, centre (CNS)

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Bishop Gassis celebrates Mass in exile in Kenya in 2005 (CNS photo by Deacon Greg LaFreniere, Long Island Catholic)

Bishop Gassis says people in his diocese are dying from starvation and a government bombing campaign

Les Blake, Dermot McDermott, Terry Ffyffe, Paul Adungbe, Brian Dillon and Chris Thompson on the pilgrimage

Brothers make prayer pilgrimage to Canterbury

Pilgrimage raised money for the homeless, Christians in Sudan, children’s counselling and a Catholic hospice

Independence day celebrations in Juba (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

But the country’s bishops say there are ‘immense challenges’ ahead

Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)

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A girl sings the South Sudan national anthem during a rehearsal of the Independence Day ceremony in Juba (CNS photo/Goran Tomasevic, Reuters)

Sudanese hold prayer vigils and build bonfires tonight to prepare for independence of South Sudan tomorrow