IN THE SUDAN

of the Coptic rite have been present in the Sudan since the Anglo-Egyptian of 1898. Some of the soldiers of the expeditionary force settled in Omdurman and Khartoum and worked in private business or in service. A greater number came from Egypt to be employed, especially in the Post and Telegraph Service. The total number of increased to about one hundred families. They never formed an organized community along confessional lines. Socially they joined the Coptic Orthodox community.

Local of the rite have ministered to the in their parishes. Copts who lived in the towns of the northern Sudan where no resident priest was to be found were regularly visited by a missionary on camel-back.

were brought by the Latin apostolic from Egypt to staff the Catholic schools in Khartoum and Omdurman from 1902. In 1951 a priest took the Coptic rite in order to give the Copts in a more appealing way, but the initiative met with no success and was abandoned. From 1970, a bishop or a priest from Egypt visits the Coptic in Khartoum and Omdurman.

GIOVANNI VANTINI