News and Pictures from Bishop Max Macram Gassis' visit to Cincinnati
Bishop Gassis Shares Blessings, Speaks for “Human Dignity”
Comboni Missionaries North American Province headquarters in Cincinnati was blessed to host Bishop Macram Max Gassis from Feb. 15-17. During his visit, Bishop Gassis, a 2012 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and native of Sudan, shared stories of his faith journey as well as the current situation in his homeland.
Following his arrival on Friday, his first meeting was with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr to discuss missions and the situation in Sudan. That evening, he gave an inspiring presentation at the Comboni Mission Center that covered his upbringing in Africa, his decision to be outspoken in support of “human dignity” and the ongoing suffering of the people of the Nuba Mountains in the Sudan.
Because of his public criticism of the Sudanese government, Bishop Gassis has been a refugee since 1988 when the government brought criminal charges against him.
Bishop Gassis has remained a passionate advocate for his people, addressing the United Nations Commission on Human Rights many times and meeting with U.S. State Department officials including former Secretaries Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.
He has also been instrumental in coordinating aid to the region, helping get critical food and medical supplies through neighboring countries and supporting an 80-bed hospital which has recently been expanded to serve up to 500 patients.
He closed out his visit by celebrating Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary church where the standing-room-only crowd appreciated his message and received his blessing.
More details from Bishop Gassis’ visit are available on our Facebook page and our web site. We are thankful for his lifetime of service to those in need and appreciate his time and sharing while in Cincinnati.