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Rumbek Diocese

Pioneer Catholic Bishop Appointed to South Sudan’s Newest Diocese Upbeat about Serving in “familiar” Harsh Conditions

Jul 8, 2024

Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity State, is harsh. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the town, which hosts one of the biggest refugee camps in the South Sudanese State is submerged. 

“Miraculous conversion”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Says Transfer to Newly Erected Diocese is Mission Accomplished

Jul 8, 2024

The outgoing Bishop of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has described his transfer to the country’s newly erected Catholic Diocese of Bentiu as a “mission accomplished”, noting that he leaves behind a very vibrant church community in Rumbek.

Bishop Christian Carlassare. Credit: Catholic Radio Network (CRN)

Transferred Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Cautions against “any spirit of competition or disunity” in Vacant Diocese

Jul 6, 2024

The immediate former Local Ordinary the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has cautioned against rivalry in the South Sudanese Episcopal See as the process that will result in the appointment of his successor officially begins. 

Credit: Catholic Diocese of Rumbek

“Hard to leave”: Transferred Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Pens Moving Letter to Diocese after New Appointment

Jul 4, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has penned a moving letter to the people of God in the South Sudanese Episcopal See, expressing how hard it is for him to leave them following his transfer.

Bishop Christian Carlassare, appointed pioneer Bishop of the newly created Catholic Diocese of Bentiu in South Sudan on 3 July 2024. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis Erects New Diocese in South Sudan, Transfers Catholic Bishop of Rumbek as Pioneer Local Ordinary

Jul 3, 2024

Pope Francis has erected the Catholic Diocese of Bentiu in South Sudan and appointed Bishop Christian Carlassare, who is currently serving as the Local Ordinary of the country’s Rumbek Diocese as its pioneer Bishop.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan; Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek Diocese; Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen

Rome-based Comboni Leadership Expresses “support” for Bishop of Rumbek, Apostolic Nuncio to Visit South Sudanese Diocese

Apr 23, 2024

The General Council of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) is in support of Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan following what the Rome-based leadership of  the 157-year-old Institute describes as “recent developments”.

Fr. John Mathiang (left) and Bishop Christian Carlassare (right). Credit: Ginaba Lino/Juba/South Sudanm Catholic Diocese of Rumbek

Vatican Issued Interdict, Suspension against Fr. Mathiang Last May: Bishops on Acquitted South Sudanese Catholic Priest

Apr 16, 2024

Last May, the Vatican Dicastery for Evangelization issued an interdict and suspension against Fr. John Mathiang Machol, the Catholic Priest acquitted on all counts in the case of the April 2021 shooting of the then Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, Catholic Bishops in the country have revealed.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan, during 2024 Chrism Mass at Holy Family Cathedral of Rumbek Diocese on 27 March 2024. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Rumbek Diocese

Let’s Strive for “well-formed will, after the example of Christ”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan in 2024 Easter Message

Mar 31, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has emphasized the need to look to Jesus Christ for inspiration in determining the directions of our respective lives through our wills.

Ordained after Assassination Attempt, Bishop in South Sudan Lauds "The Pact of Catacombs" on 2nd Episcopal Anniversary

Mar 28, 2024

On his second Episcopal anniversary, Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has reflected on “The Pact of Catacombs”, a November 1965 document that a section of Catholic Bishops participating in the Second Vatican Council signed to express their personal commitments to the ideals of the Council.

Acquitted Catholic Priest, Fr. John Mathiang Machol (in black cassock) welcoming the then Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in Rumbek Diocese on 15 April 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo

“Only truth sets people free”: Previously Convicted South Sudanese Priest’s Acquittal Raises More Questions than Answers

Mar 24, 2024

The acquittal of Fr. John Mathiang Machol, a member of the Clergy of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese, who had been previously convicted for masterminding the 26 April 2021 shooting of the then Bishop-elect for the South Sudanese Catholic Diocese has raised more questions than answers.

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Rumbek Diocese

Let’s Begin Lent with “spirit of intimacy with the Lord”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Feb 15, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has called on the people of God in his Episcopal See to start off the Lenten Season with a decision to nurture a close relationship with God, seeking to maintain a prayerful spirit throughout the period.

St. Bakhita “a firm presence in my vocational journey”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan

Feb 7, 2024

Italian-born Bishop Christian Carlassare of the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan traces his journey to Religious and Missionary life to St. Josephine Bakhita.

World Day for Consecrated Life: Bishop in South Sudan Calls for “pilgrims of hope, peace”

Feb 4, 2024

Bishop Christian Carlassare of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has underscored the need for “pilgrims of hope and peace” in the East-Central African nation, which is reeling from years of violent conflicts.

Sr. Orla Treacy, IBVM (front center) along with other pilgrims during the seven-day pilgrimage for peace from Rumbek to Tonj. Credit: Good News Radio/Rumbek Diocese

Pilgrim Shares Moving Encounter with South Sudanese Communities Crying Out for Peace

Jan 16, 2024

A woman who knelt by the roadside with her children, praying for peace as pilgrims from South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek passed by was a sight to behold for the pilgrims who kept reflecting on the incident though their journey to Tonj, about 125 kilometers away.

Pilgrims who participated in the pilgrimage for peace. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Catholic Diocese of Rumbek

Peace Pilgrimage in South Sudanese Diocese Ends with Launch of Eucharistic Congress

Jan 15, 2024

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has launched a year-long Diocesan Eucharistic Congress with an invitation to communities in the East-Central African country that is reeling from decades of violence to embrace communal living.

Bishop Christian Carlassare with pilgrims who participated in the pilgrimage for peace. Credit: Fr. Luka Dor/Catholic Diocese of Rumbek

South Sudanese Diocese Looking to Have More Community Encounter in 2025 Peace Pilgrimage

Jan 15, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan has announced its 2025 peace pilgrimage, with the hope that young people set to participate in the pilgrimage will have more interaction with the communities they encounter along the way.

Youths from South Sudan's Catholic Diocese of Rumbek on their peace pilgrimage to Tonj. Credit: Good News Radio/Rumbek Diocese

Pilgrimages in South Sudan Providing Fertile Ground for Growth of Religious Vocations

Jan 12, 2024

Nine young men discerning to become Priests of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek are part of the 125-kilometer weeklong pilgrimage that the Diocese organized to sensitize local community members in the East-Central African country on the need for peace.

Youths from South Sudan's Catholic Diocese of Rumbek on their peace pilgrimage to Tonj. Credit: Bishop Christian Carlassare

Youths in South Sudanese Diocese Walking 125Kms in Weeklong Pilgrimage to Preach Peace

Jan 10, 2024

Young people from South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek are walking from Rumbek to Tonj, some 125 kilometers, in a seven-day pilgrimage they started on Sunday, January 7 to sensitize communities in the East-Central African nation on the need for peace.

Sr. Rita Grunke sitted between two South Sudanese women during her farewell celebration at St. Josephine Bakhita Mapuordit Parish on 20 October 2023. Credit: Credit: OLSH/Rumbek Diocese/South Sudan

“Opportunity to be missionary”: Australian Nun on South Sudan Mission, 20 Years in Africa

Oct 24, 2023

Sr. Rita Grunke, an Australian member of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Sacred Heart (OLSH), who is leaving South Sudan for her native country after two decades of service in Africa looks back at her experience in the world’s newest nation with appreciation.

What Pope Francis Wants Catholic Bishops in Africa, Asia to Know and Help Accomplish

Sep 13, 2023

“Guard the ecclesial fidelity of your people,” this was the final recommendation Pope Francis made to the 110 Catholic Bishops mostly from Africa and Asia during his audience with them inside the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace near St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.