CISA REPORT - Diocese begins Novena in Preparation for Bishops’ Plenary. The Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has started a nine-day prayer in preparation for the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) to be hosted by the diocese from November 7-15, 2010.Speaking at Good News Radio studio on Monday, the Vicar General of Rumbek Diocese Fr. Andrea Osman Okello said that the diocese started the novena on Saturday October 30, in preparation for the plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops of Sudan.Fr. Andrea said that the diocese is united in prayer for the success of the forthcoming bishops’ meeting, adding that the meeting will bring together not only bishops of Sudan, but also representatives from the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) and the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM).Fr. Andrea urged the Southern Sudanese to be calm and keep unity as the country prepares for the referendum vote, adding that “violence cannot help.”He encouraged the practice of reconciliation whenever there are differences, urging the Southern Sudanese people to conduct the referendum in an atmosphere of peace manifested during the April general elections.The forthcoming SCBC plenary meeting is the second this year with focus on the historical moment of the referendum at which Southern Sudan will exercise the right to self-determination, voting either for unity or secession.