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Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan

South Sudanese Leaders Urged to “appoint more women in the State Governments”

Jul 5, 2020

Days after South Sudan’s President appointed State Governors and Chief Administrators, a Prelate in the East-Central African nation has weighed in on the gender imbalance in the appointments and urged the Presidency to reach out to the appointed South Sudanese leaders and give a chance to women leadership.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu and youth from various parishes in the Archdiocese of Juba. / ACI Africa

Youth in South Sudan Called to a Life of Service at Archdiocesan Conference

Jun 28, 2020

Youth in the South Sudan Archdiocese of Juba who attended a two-day conference that was centered on liturgy among other teachings of the Church have, at the end of the meeting, been urged to take up their position in the Church where they are the future.

Sign Post of the Juba-based South Sudan Council of Churches, seven-member ecumenical body with a strong legacy of peacebuilding, reconciliation and advocacy. / ACI Africa

“We strongly denounce the recent and on-going violence”: Church Leaders in South Sudan

Jun 20, 2020

The representatives of various Christian denominations in South Sudan have, in a collective statement, denounced the violence in the Eastern Africa country following recent incidents in which several armed confrontations in some six States ended with hundreds of deaths and numerous injuries.

A poster for the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Church Leaders in South Sudan Appeal for Release of Abducted Women and Children

Jun 19, 2020

On the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, church leaders in South Sudan have denounced conflict-related violence in the Eastern Africa country and appealed to those responsible for such violence to return abducted women and children used as sex slaves “to their respective communities.”

Retirement Home of the Archbishop emeritus of Juba Archdiocese, Paolino Lukudu, constructed with assistance from the Vatican. / Radio Bakhita South Sudan

Vatican’s Donation Helps Realize Bishops’ Retirement Home in South Sudanese Archdiocese

Jun 18, 2020

Retired Archbishop of Juba, Paolino Lukudu will be the first occupant of the first ever Bishops’ retirement home that has been erected by the Archdiocese with help from the Vatican and other donors. .

Fr. Martin Ochaya of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan.

South Sudanese Cleric Calls for Effective Leadership amid COVID-19

Jun 8, 2020

A Catholic Priest in South Sudan has called on the government, churches, the civil society and families across the country to execute effective leadership during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying that the virus has presented itself as “a challenge and a litmus test to governments across the world.”

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan.

Why South Sudanese Archbishop Advocates for New Burial Traditions amid COVID-19

Jun 3, 2020

The Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has called for a shift in burial traditions of people suspected to have died of COVID-19, calling on the citizens in the country to observe minimal contact with the bodies to avoid contagion.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan.

“Christians, Muslims called to tear down walls raised out of fear”: South Sudanese Prelate

May 24, 2020

As Muslims celebrate Eid, marking the end of their holy month of Ramadan, the Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan has called on Christians and Muslims in the country to reach out to each other, breaking down barriers erected out of “fear and ignorance.”

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan.

Church Leader Wants “total lockdown” as South Sudan’s Dignitaries Test COVID-19 Positive

May 20, 2020

The fight against COVID-19 in South Sudan requires an application of stringent measures especially implementing “a total lockdown,” Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of the Archdiocese of Juba has suggested following reports of infections in the family of the country’s first Vice President (VP), Dr. Riek Machar alongside other government dignitaries.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese,

Juba’s Archdiocesan COVID-19 Taskforce Created for “awareness”, Archbishop Explains

May 9, 2020

The recently created COVId-19 taskforce for the Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan will reach out to people at the grassroots, raising awareness about the disease and providing assistance to patients, the Archbishop of Juba told ACI Africa in an interview.

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

“Pay Salaries on time, improve working conditions”: South Sudanese Archbishop to Employers

May 2, 2020

On the occasion of the globe celebration of the International Labor Day marked amid restrictions put in place by governments to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archbishop South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has called on employers in both public and private sectors to ensure that salaries of employees are paid “at the right time” and that they work with dignity.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu, Archbishop of Juba, South Sudan.

A Month after Protested Installation, South Sudanese Archbishop Says “so far so good”

Apr 23, 2020

One month after the installation of the new Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, which took place following months of protests characterized by strongly worded letters and threats, the South Sudanese Prelate says he has already started seeing signs of reconciliation and acceptance.

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.

South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese Suspends Public Mass over COVID-19 in Neighboring Nations

Mar 30, 2020

In a keen adherence to the directives of South Sudan government to stop social gatherings as a measure to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19 in the East African country, which is yet to record a case of the deadly virus, the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba has announced the closure of all Catholic-run institutions in the country’s only Metropolitan See.

Bishops in South and South Sudan during the installation Mass of Archbishop Stephen Ameyu, Mass also attended by  the Delegate of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Msgr. Visvaldas Kulbokas and the Charge d’Affaires of the South Sudan Apostolic Nunciature, Msgr. Mark Kadima. / ACI Africa

New Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese Installed, Emeritus Wants “healing”

Mar 23, 2020

After months of a standoff pitting a section of the clergy and lay faithful of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba in South Sudan and the Vatican over the Papal transfer of Bishop Stephen Ameyu from Torit to Juba, the new Archbishop was installed Sunday, March 22.

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.

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

Plans underway for the installation of Juba Archbishop Elect, Vatican, Bishops Supportive

Mar 16, 2020

Plans are underway for the installation of the new Archbishop of South Sudan’s Archdiocese of Juba, Stephen Ameyu, with the Vatican and the Bishops in Sudan and South Sudan expressing full support of the event scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 22.

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.”

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.