Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the Name of Jesus, Lay Down the Weapons of Hatred

Feb 5, 2023

At a Mass in South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn African country to make “a decisive contribution to changing history” by refusing to repay evil with evil.

Official logo and motto of Pope Francis’ Apostolic visit to the South Sudan. Credit: Vatican Media

South Sudan Papal Ecumenical Visit Awaiting Vatican’s “official announcement”: Archbishop

Sep 22, 2022

The ecumenical visit to South Sudan to be undertaken by Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Iain Greenshields, is awaiting the Holy See’s “official announcement”, the Archbishop of South Sudan’s only Metropolitan See has said.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

Pope Francis in Touch with Church Leaders to Realize Postponed Ecumenical Visit to Africa

Sep 16, 2022

Pope Francis is in contact with the head of the Anglican Communion and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in view of realizing their postponed ecumenical trip to South Sudan.

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021. Vatican Media

South Sudan Trip a "pilgrimage of peace", Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Say

May 8, 2022

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.”

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese. / Radio Bakhita, Juba

“Reconciliation the only remedy to this broken nation”: South Sudanese Prelate at Easter

Apr 15, 2020

The need for reconciliation in the world’s youngest nation where a government of national unity has recently been put in place was a key highlight of the Easter message of the Archbishop of the country’s only Metropolitan See, Juba Archdiocese. The South Sudanese Prelate described his country as “broken” and in need of “God’s intervention.” 

St. Theresa's Cathedral Parish church, Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan, the venue where Archbishop elect Stephen Ameyu is expected to be installed on March 22, 2020 / ACI Africa

Back-and-forth Protests against Juba Archbishop-elect Get Violent, Emeritus Breaks Silence

Mar 11, 2020

Pope Francis’ reconfirmation of his earlier appointment of South Sudanese Bishop Stephen Ameyu as the new Archbishop of Juba was expected to put an end to the controversies around politics of succession in the only Metropolitan See of the world’s youngest nation.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019

Pope Francis’ “feet kiss” Gesture Pays Off as South Sudan Unity Government is Formed

Feb 24, 2020

After intense international pressure on political leaders in South Sudan including Pope Francis’ dramatic gesture of kissing the feet of President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, a unity government was formed Saturday, February 22, opening a new chapter that seems an answer to the prayers of many.

On December 12, 2019, Pope Francis (left) appointed Bishop Stephen Ameyu of Torit Diocese (right) as the new Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan

A Laity’s Take of Protests against Papal Transfer of South Sudan’s Torit Bishop to Juba

Feb 24, 2020

As the people of God in South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese await the decision of Pope Francis regarding his earlier transfer of Bishop Stephen Ameyu from Torit diocese to Juba, a Papal decision that was resisted by a section of clergy and laity, a South Sudanese lay faithful has, in a recent letter to ACI Africa, weighed in on the matter, highlighting issues he considers pertinent and making appeals to Church personnel to be obedient to the Vatican.

The newly launched state-of-the-art Mary Ward Primary Health Care Clinic by the Loreto Sisters in the Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan. / Loreto Sisters, Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan

Loreto Sisters in South Sudan Open State of the art Clinic to tackle School Absenteeism

Feb 15, 2020

Shortly after Loreto Sisters established a Primary and Secondary school in the South Sudanese Diocese of Rumbek in 2010, bringing hope to thousands of children who used to walk for long distances in search of education, the Sisters identified a health gap among school-going children that needed their immediate attention.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei Diocese, South Sudan.

South Sudanese Bishop Optimistic, Unity Government Formation “will not be postponed again”

Feb 14, 2020

With just over one week to the formation of a transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, a Catholic Bishop of Yei has called upon Christians to pray for peace during the ongoing negotiations between conflicting parties in the country.

The Principal of Loreto Girls' Secondary School, Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan, Sr. Orla Treacy (2nd from right) with some students and staff display the first edition of their School Magazine launched in November 2019. / Loreto Girls' Secondary School, Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan.

Take Girls Destined for Early Marriage Elsewhere, Catholic School in South Sudan Warns

Feb 11, 2020

The administration of a Catholic boarding secondary school for girls in South Sudan has pleaded with parents to present for enrollment only those girls that can stay in school for the entire four-year period of studies away from early marriages against the backdrop of increased demand for admission at the institution that has limited slots annually.

Members of the Young Christian Students (YCS) in South Sudan

Christian Youth Leaders in South Sudan to Support Young Christian Students Countrywide

Jan 31, 2020

The Christian youth leadership in South Sudan has expressed its commitment to supporting the activities of Young Christian Students (YCS) in secondary schools and tertiary learning institutions countrywide in a manner that will enable members of the movement in the world’s youngest nation to participate actively in international forums.

ENSS Members and Partners at Juba-based Good Shepherd Peace Centre in Rejaf County, South Sudan / Shakira Lakoyo, SSCC

Revival of South Sudan’s Ecumenical Network on Course, Church Officials Optimistic

Jan 25, 2020

A two-day forum bringing together members of the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS) in Juba has given hope to the revival of the religious entity that engages internal and external partners in view of advancing priority needs in the world’s youngest nation, Church officials at the meeting have told ACI Africa.

Daniel Comboni  Secondary School Juba, South Sudan

“It is an affordable good quality education”: Comboni Missionaries in South Sudan

Jan 23, 2020

In a country with high levels of illiteracy, the provision of education by Catholic Church institutions is helping in guaranteeing a future of many young people amid challenges occasioned by the protracted civil conflict, ACI Africa has gathered.

Logo Solidarity with South Sudan

Catholic Teacher Training College in S. Sudan to Adopt New “student-centered” Curriculum

Jan 17, 2020

Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS), a Catholic collaborative entity of religious congregations involved in capacity building in the world’s youngest nation through education, health, agriculture and pastoral programs, has expressed readiness to adopt the new education curriculum, commending the government for introducing a student-centered approach to learning, a method that allows learners a level of independence designed to foster their creativity.

A Poster of Solidarity with South Sudan / Solidarity with South Sudan

“Solidarity with South Sudan” Seeking to Recruit Rome-Based Mission Promoter

Jan 17, 2020

The collaborative association comprising men and women religious institutes and members of the Unions of Superiors General (USG) in partnership with the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) known as Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS) is seeking to engage a new Rome-based personnel to facilitate the flow of information between the various religious orders and the officials in South Sudan capital, Juba.

Representation of sanctions

U.S. Sanctions on South Sudanese Leaders Linked to Peace Process: Church Officials Reflect

Jan 10, 2020

Sanctions on South Sudanese political leaders in recent times are part of the process of ensuring peace in the world’s youngest nation, Catholic Church officials working under the Conference of Bishops have told ACI Africa in interviews.

Portrait previously used by the Rome-based lay Catholic association, Sant’Egidio Catholic community

Rome-Based Lay Catholic Association Meets South Sudanese “dissidents”

Jan 9, 2020

With the countdown to the possible formation of South Sudan’s unity government into the last full month after the latest 100-day extension, a group of opposition leaders is currently in Rome for a meeting under the auspices of Sant’Egidio Catholic community, a lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, ACI Africa has confirmed.

Venue of the conclusion of the yearlong centenary celebrations in Juba, South Sudan in November 2019

South Sudan’s Bari Community Distances Itself from Protesters to Papal Transfer

Dec 30, 2019

The leadership of the Bari community in South Sudan has, in a letter, responded to critics who have termed members of the indigenous of Juba tribalists following letters signed by individuals belonging to the tribe, including some clergy of the Archdiocese of Juba, opposing the appointment of a non-Bari to head the Metropolitan see.

President  Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar after meeting in Juba, South Sudan, December 17, 2019.

Latest Rivals’ Pledge to Form South Sudan Unity Government “positive”, Two Priests Say

Dec 20, 2019

The December 17 announcement by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar that they have agreed to form a unity government by the February deadline has been described as a “positive” move by two South Sudanese clerics who have spoken to ACI Africa correspondent in Juba, the capital of the world’s youngest nation.