CATHOLIC IN THE SUDAN

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

Local priests of the Latin rite have ministered to the Catholic 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 Latin on camel-back.

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

GIOVANNI VANTINI