Bishop Stephen Ameyu

Archbishop emeritus of Juba, South Sudan, Paolino Lukudu Loro (left) and Archbishop-elect, Stephen Ameyu (right)

The Untold Story of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, Archbishop-Elect Has His Work Cut Out

Mar 20, 2020

The story of those protesting against Pope Francis’ transfer of Bishop Stephen Ameyu from South Sudan’s Torit diocese to Juba Archdiocese seems to have received significant media coverage. There seems to be no evidence that the narrative of those at home with the planned change of guard in the Archdiocese has been given media visibility.

Pope Francis (above) who on December 12, 2019 appointed Bishop Stephen Ameyu (right) as the new Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan and accepted the resignation of Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro (left)

Beyond Press Statement: What Juba Archbishop Emeritus Told Journalists on Pope’s Decision

Mar 13, 2020

The controversy surrounding the appointment of South Sudanese Bishop Stephen Ameyu as the new Archbishop of Juba took a curious twist earlier this week when Archbishop Emeritus, Paolino Lukudu Loro not only broke his silence through a press statement but also spoke to journalists, accusing the Vatican of forcing the Archbishop elect on the people.

Fr. Nicholas Kiri, South Sudanese Juba-based priest expected to oversee preparations toward the installation of Archbishop elect Stephen Ameyu in Juba on March 22, 2020. He was attacked on Sunday, March 8, 2020 by a group of Catholic youth protesting the appointment of the new Archbishop. / ACI Africa

South Sudanese Priest Shares His Ordeal, Attackers “must have been manipulated by someone”

Mar 12, 2020

The South Sudanese Juba-based priest who was attacked by a group of Catholic youth protesting the appointment of a new Archbishop has, in an interview with ACI Africa, shared about the Sunday, March 8 episode saying he has no grudge with the youth and that they might have been misguided and “manipulated by someone.”

Msgr. Visvaldas Kulbokas (left), Delegate of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and Msgr. Mark Kadima (right), Chargé d’Affaires of the Apostolic Nunciature in South Sudan during Press Conference in Juba, South Sudan on March 6, 2020 / ACI Africa

Papal Transfer in South Sudan Reconfirmed, Installation Date of Archbishop Announced

Mar 7, 2020

Pope Francis has reconfirmed his earlier appointment of Bishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese as the new Archbishop of the only Metropolitan See in the world’s youngest nation and announced the date of his installation, a move that seems to put an end to controversies around politics of succession in the Archdiocese of Juba.

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.

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

Sudanese Bishops ‘support unreservedly’ Papal Transfer, Regret Defamatory Letters

Dec 21, 2019

Several days after letters expressing rejection of a Papal transfer of a Bishop in South Sudan emerged, the heads of dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan constituting the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) have thrown their weight behind the Holy Father and his representatives in the world’s youngest nation and expressed regrets “with great humility the inappropriate language used” in two defamatory letters.