Juba Archdiocese

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.

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

A Laity’s Take of Protests against Papal Transfer of South Sudan’s Torit Bishop to Juba

Feb 24, 2020

As the people of God in South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese await the decision of Pope Francis regarding his earlier transfer of Bishop Stephen Ameyu from Torit diocese to Juba, a Papal decision that was resisted by a section of clergy and laity, a South Sudanese lay faithful has, in a recent letter to ACI Africa, weighed in on the matter, highlighting issues he considers pertinent and making appeals to Church personnel to be obedient to the Vatican.

A representation of the 10 States of South Sudan at independence in 2011.

“Victory for the people,” Church Leaders in South Sudan Laud Decision to Reduce States

Feb 17, 2020

In a bid to narrow down the gap between the government of South Sudan and the main opposition and form a transitional unity government due February 22 after the latest postponement, the President of the world’s youngest nation February 15 gave in to one of the key demands of the opposition leader, Dr. Riek Machar, reducing the number of States from 32 to 10, a development that Catholic Church leaders have lauded.

Christian women members of South Sudan Church Council (SSCC) in Juba during their daylong meeting to fast and pray for peace in South Sudan on January 25, 2020. / ACI Africa

Lay Down Weapons, “give birth to children”: South Sudan Christian Women to Child soldiers

Jan 29, 2020

Hundreds of Christian women belonging to the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) have, while commemorating their sixth anniversary of prayer for peace in the world’s youngest nation, appealed to children serving as soldiers to withdraw from being actively involved in armed conflict and instead “marry and give birth to children.”

Archbishop-Elect Stephen Ameyu of Juba, South Sudan

“Forget past, go in for reconciliation,” South Sudanese Archbishop-Elect Tells Soldiers

Jan 7, 2020

As the combined armed forces of Government and Opposition group kick-start military training as envisaged in the September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), the Archbishop-elect of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, Stephen Ameyu has called on South Sudanese soldiers to put the past behind and invest in peaceful co-existence through reconciliation.

Archbishop Paulino Lukudu Loro during the Launch of the Cantenary celebration of the Archdiocese of Juba, South Sudan on Comboni Day

Solemnity of St. Comboni in South Sudan an Opportunity for Faith Renewal

Oct 15, 2019

As the people of God in South Sudan celebrated the Solemnity of Saint Daniel Comboni last Thursday, October 10, Catholics of the Archdiocese of Juba used the occasion both to honour Missionaries for their role in evangelizing Sudan and South Sudan and to renew their commitment of faith in the person of Christ Jesus within the context of the Archdiocesan centenary celebrations.