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Catholic Church in South Sudan

“Give me information about my Priest; give him back to me”: Catholic Bishop Pleads with South Sudanese Authorities

May 21, 2024

Weeks since Fr. Luke Yugue of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) was reported missing alongside his driver, Michael Gbeko, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Episcopal See has pleaded with authorities in the country to provide information on the whereabouts of the duo.

Mons. Séamus Patrick Horgan greets Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis Appoints First-ever Resident Apostolic Nuncio in South Sudan

May 14, 2024

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Séamus Patrick Horgan as the new Apostolic Nuncio for South Sudan, and elevated him to the dignity of Archbishop, assigning him the Titular See of Árd Sratha in Ireland.

Credit: CDTY

Catholic Bishop in South Sudan Directs Four-day “organized prayer” for Safety of Missing Priest, Driver

May 2, 2024

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) has directed Parishes and other institutions in his Episcopal See to have “organized prayer” for four days for the intention of the safety of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

Privileged “to be an integral part” of Catholic Church Growth in South Sudan: Spiritan Superior General on Anniversary

Apr 30, 2024

It is a “privilege” for members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans/Holy Ghost Fathers) to be part of the South Sudan mission as the people of God in the world’s newest country embrace and grow in Christian faith, the Superior General of the 321-year-old Religious and Missionary Order has said.

Let’s Foster Unity “we celebrated with visit of the Pope”: Apostolic Nuncio at Holy Mass in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan

Apr 29, 2024

The Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan has recalled the theme of the first-ever Papal visit to South Sudan, and called on the people of God in the East-Central African nation to foster unity.

South Sudanese Catholic Priest, Driver “missing”, Diocese Seeking Answers from State, National Government

Apr 28, 2024

The Catholic Diocese of Tombura Yambio (CDTY) in South Sudan is asking the leadership of Western Equatoria State as well as the national government to provide answers on the “whereabouts” of Fr. Luke Yugue and his driver, Michael Gbeko.

“We’re universal, international”: Apostolic Nuncio Highlights Catholic Meaning on Arrival in Rumbek Diocese, South Sudan

Apr 27, 2024

The fact that the Catholic Church has a global membership, making it universal and international, is a “beautiful thing”, the representative of the Holy Father in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen, has said.

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.

South Sudanese teturnees receiving food relief in Abiemnhom, near the border with war-torn Sudan in March 2024. Credit: Sr. Elena Balatti

Yearlong Sudan Civil War “evokes terrible memories” for Comboni Missionary Sister Receiving Returnees in South Sudan

Apr 15, 2024

The sight of the South Sudanese returnees fleeing war in Sudan who arrive worn out and scared evokes painful memories for Sr. Elena Balatti, who is witnessing a civil war for a third time. 

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.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY). Credit: CDTY

“Emulate Simon of Cyrene, your fellow African”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan to Youths in Holy Week Message

Mar 26, 2024

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) has challenged African young people to emulate the determination of Simon of Cyrene, a young man, reportedly from Libya, who helped Jesus Christ carry his cross to Calvary as recorded in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke).

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY). Credit: CDTY

“Let us Sustain, care for the environment”: Catholic Bishop in South Sudan to Christians

Mar 26, 2024

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio (CDTY) has called upon the people of God in his Episcopal See to participate in environmental conservation, and curtail climatic change.

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.

South Sudanese Catholic Priest Sentenced for Shooting Bishop-elect “released”, Defence Team Set to Address Journalists

Mar 21, 2024

The defence team of Fr. John Mathiang Machol, the South Sudanese Catholic Priest, who was convicted and sentenced for the 26 April 2021 shooting of the then Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan is set to address journalists on the Priest’s release.

A camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Renk, South Sudan. Credit: Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (DPIHD)

Help Rescue South Sudanese “on brink of destitution, slowly perishing”, Bishops Appeal

Mar 11, 2024

The people of God in South Sudan are in urgent need of external support, the President of the Integral Human Development Commission of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) has said.

Participants in the 2020-2025 strategic plan review of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan on 27 February 2024. Credit: Ginaba Lino/South Sudan

South Sudan’s “volatile security situation” Impeding Strategic Church Programs: Cardinal

Feb 28, 2024

Security challenges in parts of South Sudan are impeding the implementation of activities outlined in the strategic plan of the Commission for Justice and Peace (CJP) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, the Local Ordinary of the country’s only Metropolitan See has said.

The launch of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) 2024 Lenten Campaign. Credit: CDTY

Lent: Catholic Diocese in South Sudan Reflecting on Life, Livelihoods Sustainability

Feb 21, 2024

The people of God in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY) have been called upon to reflect on what each one of them needs to do for the sustainability of life and livelihoods during the Lenten Season this year.

Bishop Edward Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambia (CDTY). Credit: CDTY

Let’s “become authentic agents of selfless love”: Catholic Bishop to South Sudanese

Feb 16, 2024

A South Sudanese Catholic Bishop is calling upon the people of God in the East-Central African nation to incorporate altruism in their day-to-day undertakings and encounters, manifesting their love for others.