CINCINNATI, OH [January 30, 2013] — Bishop Macram Max Gassis, a Comboni Missionary and a native of Sudan, will visit Cincinnati the weekend of February 15-17, 2013.
He is scheduled to offer a presentation of his work at the Comboni Mission Center in Anderson Township on Friday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow.
Bishop Gassis of El Obeid, Sudan, has led the life of a refugee since 1988 when the Sudanese government brought criminal charges against him following his testimony before the U.S. Congress regarding the atrocities committed by that government against its own people. During a subsequent visit to the U.S., he was strongly advised not to return home for security reasons.
Since 1990 Bishop Gassis has traveled extensively from his headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, throughout Europe and the U.S. to make known the tragic situation of the African population of the Sudan. He has often addressed the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, committees of the U.S. Congress and a number of international human rights organizations.
During these years he has been entrusted with the pastoral care of the Sudanese people in areas that are not under the control of the government of the Sudan. Currently, he is the voice of the people of the Nuba Mountains who are the victims of enslavement, air raids, forced starvation and rape at the hands of their government’s army, as they struggle for their independence. The bishop often travels to the Nuba Mountains and provides emergency aid and medical assistance through the missionaries working there.
During his visit, Bishop Gassis will also celebrate a Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Anderson Township on Sunday, February 17, at 6:00 p.m.
The Comboni Mission Center is located at 1318 Nagel Rd., Cincinnati, 45255. For further information call (513) 474 4997 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.