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Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019./ Vatican Media.

Murder of Catholic Nuns, Others “lies squarely on Holdout Groups”: South Sudan's President

The killing of two Catholic Nuns alongside three other civilians following the Monday, August 16 bus ambush along Juba-Nimule Road is the responsibility of “the Holdout Groups”, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has said, making reference to the non-signatories to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

La Salle School in South Suda's Catholic Diocese of Rumbek / Vatican Media

Why South Sudanese Children are Safer in School Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Closure of schools in South Sudan owing to COVID-19 has exposed children in the East-Central African nation to numerous societal dangers, the head of a Catholic school in the country has said, noting that the children are safer in schools, coronavirus pandemic notwithstanding.

Members of the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) with South Sudan President Salva Kiir. / ACI Africa

There Will Be No Return to War, South Sudan’s President to African Church Leaders

The All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) has released a report detailing a meeting by the Church leaders with South Sudan President Salva Kiir during which the President promised to maintain peace in the nine-year-old nation.  

Participants at the South Sudan peace talks that resumed Monday, November 9 mediated by the Community of Sant’Egidio.

Lay Catholic Association Resumes South Sudan Peace Talks in Rome

The Rome-based Catholic lay association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts has resumed South Sudan peace talks, South Sudan’s Radio Tamazuj reported November 10. 

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.

Church’s Intervention Needed to Fully Implement South Sudan’s 2018 Agreement: Official

The intervention of Church leaders in South Sudan is needed to chart the way to the full implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) signed in September 2018, a Church official engaged by the Catholic Bishops in South Sudan has told ACI Africa in an interview.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu with the two Deacons he ordained for the Diocese of Rumbek in South Sudan. / ACI Africa

Archbishop in South Sudan Urges Religious, Political Leaders to Work Toward Lasting Peace

The Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has, while presiding over the diaconate ordination of two Rumbek Diocese candidates, urged both religious and political leaders in the nine-year-old country to work together for lasting peace through a complete implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).  

On International Peace Day, Church Leaders in South Sudan Want Peace Agreement Implemented

On the occasion of the International Day of Peace marked Monday, September 21, which coincides with the second anniversary of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS), representatives of various Christian denominations in South Sudan have, in a collective statement, noted “with great concern” the slow implementation of the R-ARCSS and expressed the need to “speed up the implementations of the provisions in the agreement.”

Map of South Sudan showing the Warrap State where the August 8 clashes between the army and armed civilians took place.

South Sudanese Cleric Recounts Ordeal After Army, Civilian Clash in Warrap State

Days after civilians attacked a Catholic Parish that hosted members of the military within South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, the Priest in charge of the Mission Center has recounted the ordeal to ACI Africa. 

Logo of Holy Trinity Peace Village in South Sudan

Bishop’s Initiative Keeping South Sudanese Pupils Engaged amid COVID-19 Lockdown

The Holy Trinity Peace Village initiative founded by Bishop Paride Taban has become an oasis of hope to vulnerable populations in South Sudan and is now reaching out to school-going children who relied on the Centre for their educational needs before COVID-19 lockdown was declared in the East-Central African nation.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese.

Respect and Implement Peace Agreement, South Sudanese Bishop to Politicians

As political leaders in South Sudan struggle to restore peace after forming a unity government on February 22, a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central nation has asked them to respect the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in their bid to resolve conflicts in the country.   

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei Diocese, South Sudan

“Don’t return us to war, we are fed up”: South Sudanese Bishop to Unity Government Leaders

Few days after rival leaders in South Sudan formed a transitional coalition government to end years of political rivalry and conflict, the Local Ordinary of the country’s Diocese of Yei has called for servant leadership among coalition government leaders and urged the leaders in the East African country to work towards the long-awaited peace.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019

Pope Francis’ “feet kiss” Gesture Pays Off as South Sudan Unity Government is Formed

After intense international pressure on political leaders in South Sudan including Pope Francis’ dramatic gesture of kissing the feet of President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar, a unity government was formed Saturday, February 22, opening a new chapter that seems an answer to the prayers of many.

Bishop Erkolano Lodu Tombe of Yei Diocese, South Sudan.

South Sudanese Bishop Optimistic, Unity Government Formation “will not be postponed again”

With just over one week to the formation of a transitional government of national unity in South Sudan, a Catholic Bishop of Yei has called upon Christians to pray for peace during the ongoing negotiations between conflicting parties in the country.

ENSS Members and Partners at Juba-based Good Shepherd Peace Centre in Rejaf County, South Sudan / Shakira Lakoyo, SSCC

Revival of South Sudan’s Ecumenical Network on Course, Church Officials Optimistic

A two-day forum bringing together members of the Ecumenical Network South Sudan (ENSS) in Juba has given hope to the revival of the religious entity that engages internal and external partners in view of advancing priority needs in the world’s youngest nation, Church officials at the meeting have told ACI Africa.

Archbishop-Elect Stephen Ameyu of Juba, South Sudan

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

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.

Image representing transparency and accountability, a call made by Church officials in South Sudan to the National Pre-Transitional Committee.

Church Officials Call for Accountability from South Sudan’s Pre-Transitional Leaders

Following reports that the government of South Sudan recently released US$40 million out of the pledged US$ 100 million to the National Pre-Transitional Committee (NPTC), an entity created to facilitate the implementation of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), Church officials in the world’s youngest nation have called for transparency and accountability on the part of those at the helm of NPTC.

Delegation of South Sudan political leaders at the Vatican with Pope Francis in April 2019

Holy Father Prays for Peace, Reconciliation in South Sudan, Hopes to Visit

Three days after the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar agreed, at a meeting in Uganda, to delay the formation of a unity government by one hundred days, Pope Francis has led the Catholic faithful in praying for peace and reconciliation in the world’s youngest nation and expressed the hope to visit the country

Delegation of South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC)

Why Leaders of South Sudan Churches Have Welcomed 100-day Extension of Unity Government

On November 8, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Vice-President designate Dr. Riek Machar decided to extend the Pre-Transitional period expected to end in the formation of a unity government by one hundred days effective November 12. This is a renewed extension from the original May 2019 deadline

President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit

South Sudan President Pleads with Church Leaders to be Vocal about “peace accord” document

With key issues of contention between the parties in South Sudan protracted conflict unresolved just a week to November 12 deadline for the formation of a unity government as stipulated in a September 2018 peace accord, the President of the world’s youngest nation, Salva Kiir Mayardit has pleaded with Church leaders to be vocal about the peace document dubbed the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).

Two Catholic Church leaders in South Sudan consulting at Good Shepherd Peace Center, Kit, Juba on October 25, 2019: Left, Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro of Juba; Right, Bishop Barani Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of Tombura-Yambio and President of Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) / ACI Africa

Catholic Leaders in Sudan and South Sudan Deliver Message of Hope amid Apprehension

With the citizens of the youngest nation of the world, South Sudan, seemingly torn between apprehension and optimism against the backdrop of reports that the vice-president designate, Dr. Riek Machar wants the long-awaited November 12 date for the Transitional Government postponed yet again by another six months, the Catholic Bishops have delivered a message of hope and called on the citizens to “keep heads high.”