South Sudan

Pan Ngath Orphanage (run by the Missionary Sisters of Charity) in Rumbek, South Sudan. | Credit: Sudan Relief Fund

One Year after Papal Visit, South Sudan Still Plagued by Violence

Feb 17, 2024

More than a year after Pope Francis visited South Sudan, the country is still plagued with high levels of violent crime and armed conflict between ethnic groups.

Logo South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). Credit: SSCC

South Sudan’s Church Leaders Recommit to “prophetic stance against violence, injustice”

Mar 19, 2023

Members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their recommitment to fostering “the gospel nonviolence” in the East-Central African nation, pledging to have “a prophetic stance against violence and injustice”.

Kids in Tombua, South Sudan | Sudan Relief Fund

After Pope Francis’ Visit, South Sudan Relief Charity Sees Renewed Interest and Prayers

Feb 26, 2023

Earlier this month, Pope Francis became the first pope — indeed, the first Western leader — to visit South Sudan. Amid an enthusiastic welcome, more than 100,000 people attended his papal Mass Feb. 5 in the capital city of Juba, during which the pope made an impassioned plea for peace in the war-torn nation.

Pope Francis meets with Jesuits in South Sudan on 4 February 2023. Credit: Vatican Media

World Immersed in Pagan Culture with “own idols, gods”: Pope Francis to Jesuits in S.Sudan

Feb 16, 2023

During the fraternal conversation that Pope Francis had with members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in Juba, South Sudan, the Holy Father cautioned against “pagan culture”, which he said “has its own idols and gods” and that it has pervaded the world, the Jesuit-run journal, La Civiltà Cattolica reported Thursday, February 16.

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media

"I believe Pope’s ministry is for life": Pope Francis in Meeting with Jesuits in DR Congo

Feb 16, 2023

Pope Francis addressed once again the question of whether he will resign the papacy in two conversations with Jesuit priests in Africa this month.

Pope Francis met young people and adults from the Diocese of Rumbek in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 4, 2023. / Vatican Media.

Meeting Pope Francis "a dream come true" for South Sudanese Youth

Feb 11, 2023

“We thought we were just going to go and see the pope. But actually it has turned in to something life-changing for all of us who have taken part in it,” Sr. Orla Treacy said.

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.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023. | Centro Astalli

Pope Francis Meets with Refugees from Congo and South Sudan Before Flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

Before departing on his flight to Africa on Tuesday morning, Pope Francis met with a group of refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan at the Vatican.

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Concerned About Deadly Clashes in South Sudan

Dec 11, 2022

Pope Francis said Sunday he is concerned about recent deadly clashes in the northern part of South Sudan.

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.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (left) and Vice-president Riek Machar (right) shake hands at the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018. Credit: Courtesy Photo

After End of South Sudan’s Transitional Period, Church Leaders Urge Commitment to Peace

Sep 8, 2022

Members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have, in a collective statement, urged the parties to the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) to commit to ensuring peace following the end of the transitional period.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam of South Sudan's Wau Diocese/ Credit: Courtesy Photo

South Sudan Lacks Specialists in “humility” to Move Country Forward: Catholic Bishop

Aug 31, 2022

South Sudan has political leaders lacking in humility, the Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese in the East-Central African nation has said, regretting the fact that the lack of humble leaders does not move the country forward.  

Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Screenshot of YouTube video

Pope Francis "greatly disappointed" over Missing Pastoral Trip to Africa This Week

Jul 2, 2022

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope in God.

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.”

Mons. Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo welcomed at St. Paul's Major Seminary in Juba Friday, 22 April 2022 ahead of his episcopal ordination scheduled for May 15. Credit: Ori Sabasio Okumu/Facebook

“Let’s build Church in love, forgiveness”: South Sudanese Bishop-elect ahead of Ordination

Apr 30, 2022

The Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Yei in South Sudan, Mons. Alex Lodiong Sakor Eyobo, has called upon the people of God in the East-Central African nation to work together and be part of the Church that fosters “love and forgiveness”.

Pope Francis boards the papal plane before a visit to Iraq March 5, 2021. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

On Ecumenical Trip to South Sudan, Pope Will See Initiatives Toward Peace: Catholic Bishop

Apr 24, 2022

“There are no major risks” to Pope Francis’ safety in South Sudan, Bishop Christian Carlassare said.

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2021, after having been shot in Rumbek, South Sudan. Credit: ACI Africa

Pope Francis Meets Bishop-elect for South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese at Vatican

Mar 14, 2022

On Monday, Pope Francis met the South Sudan bishop-elect whose consecration was postponed last year after he was shot in the legs shortly after his nomination to lead Rumbek diocese.

Photo of the Six Accused suspect and their defense lawyers during the court hearing Wednesday, 9 February 2022. Credit: Catholic Radio Network (CRN)

Suspect Says Shooting of South Sudan Bishop-elect a Plot “to scare him away” and Relocate

Feb 24, 2022

The shooting of the Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan last year was part of a plot to “scare him away” from the Episcopal See to which he had been appointed, and to have him abandon his mission in the Diocese, a suspect has told the High Court in Juba. 

Mons. Christian Carlassare, MCCJ, Bishop-elect for Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan. Credit: Fondazione CESAR

Catholic Priest Suspect in Bishop-elect Shooting in South Sudan Says “not party” to Plot

Feb 23, 2022

The Catholic Priest suspected to have been involved in the plans to shoot the Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese has denied the claims, saying he was “not party” to the plot.