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Latest stories: Rumbek Diocese

Late Bishop Caesar Mazzolari with some students in South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Diocese of Rumbek /

South Sudanese Minister Suggests Ways to Make Peace-Loving Bishop “proud in his grave”

A government official in South Sudan has challenged the people of God in the East-Central African country to work towards long-lasting peace, saying that this is the only way to make Bishop Caesar Mazzolari, a Catholic Prelate who worked tirelessly to liberate the country from many years of civil war, proud of the country.

One of the containers at St. Comboni Marial Lou Parish of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese that was broken into and looted amid intercommunal clashes 8-10 July 2021. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Rumbek, South Sudan /

South Sudanese Catholic Priest “disappointed” at Looting of Multiple Catholic Premises

A member of the Clergy of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese has expressed disappointment over massive looting of a number of Catholic mission schools and a hospital during deadly intercommunal clashes in a Parish.

Late Bishop Caesar Mazzolari of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese who died on 16 July 2011. Credit: Diocese of Rumbek /

Catholic Church in South Sudan Remembers Bishop Who Devoted Life to Country’s Peace

One of Bishop Caesar Mazzolari’s biggest promises while he served the people of God in South Sudan was to never leave the country that was plunged in chaos until there was peace and some form of stability.

Bishop-elect for South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese, Msgr. Christian Carlassare, during Holy Mass with natives of Rumbek Diocese residing in Nairobi on Sunday, 27 June 2021/ Credit: Courtesy photo /

South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Initiates Common Prayer for Recovery, Healing of Bishop-elect

The leadership of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese has initiated a common prayer for the recovery and healing of Msgr. Christian Carlassare, the Bishop-elect of the South Sudanese Diocese.

The Official Logo of the Community Empowerment Organization (CEPO)/ Credit: CEPO /

Civil Society in South Sudan Condemns Torture of Catholic Radio Journalists

A civil society organization in South Sudan’s Lakes State has condemned the torture of three Catholic journalists linked to an artist who is involved in activism in the East-Central Africa country.

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Rumbek welcomed upon his arrival in Rumbek. Credit Courtesy Photo /

In Maiden Visit of South Sudanese Diocese, Apostolic Administrator Urges “reflection”

In his maiden visit of Rumbek Diocese whose Bishop-elect was shot and wounded in April, the Apostolic Administrator of the South Sudanese Diocese has called for “reflection” and the seeking of spiritual renewal.

Late Sr. Mary Batchelor with some of her South Sudanese pupils. Credit: Courtesy photo /

Tributes Overflow for Missionary Nun Who Defied Hardships to Educate South Sudanese

Former students of Sr. Mary Batchelor, a Missionary Religious Sister from Australia who served in South Sudan for close to two decades, have paid glowing tributes to the Catholic Nun who endured hostility in the East-Central African country to ensure that children, especially those from poor families, were educated.

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Salesians in South Sudan Lauded for Reaching out to Thousands of IDPs with Shelter Kits

A representative of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese has lauded members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) for providing shelter kits to over 50 thousand persons.

Logo of the Mary Help Association of Christians (ADMA)/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Catholic Association in South Sudan Distributes Facemasks to Keep Learners in School

Members of the Mary Help Association of Christians (ADMA) serving in South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Wau have distributed facemasks to school girls to assist them in fighting COVID-19 while they remain in school.

The Holy Family Cathedral of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

South Sudanese Catholic Clerics among Detainees Released Following Bishop-elect's Shooting

Two South Sudanese Catholic Clerics are among dozens released last week after spending over two weeks in detention following their suspected connection with the shooting of the Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese, Msgr. Christian Carlassare.

Bishop Matthew Remijio (right) of South Sudan's Wau Diocese appointed by Pope Francis to temporarily govern Rumbek Diocese while the Bishop-elect, Msgr. Christian Carlassare (left), continues to recover from gunshot injuries. /

Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese Appointed to “temporarily govern Rumbek Diocese”

Pope Francis has given the Bishop of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese the mandate to “temporarily govern Rumbek Diocese” while the Bishop-elect of the South Sudanese Diocese, Msgr. Christian Carlassare, continues to recover from gunshot injuries.

Msgr. Christian Carlassare currently in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi for specialized treatment/ Credit: ACI Africa /

Recovering Catholic Bishop-elect Offering Pain for Purification of South Sudanese Diocese

The Catholic Bishop-elect for Rumbek Diocese who is nursing gunshot injuries at a hospital in Kenya says that he is offering his pain for the purification of the South Sudanese Diocese, which he is expected to shepherd.

Msgr. Christian Carlassare currently in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi for specialized treatment/ Credit: ACI Africa /

South Sudanese Clergy Arrested after Bishop-elect’s Shooting to Answer Instigation Charges

The three South Sudanese Catholic Clerics arrested following the shooting of the Bishop-elect for Rumbek Diocese in South Sudan are expected to be among those charged for “instigating” the two gunmen who shot Msgr. Christian Carlassare, a government official involved in the investigation has told ACI Africa.

Loreto Sisters in South Sudan visit Bishop-elect Msgr. Christian Carlassare after the April 26 attack. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Pope Francis Praying for Catholic Bishop-elect Shot in South Sudan

Pope Francis is praying for Msgr. Christian Carlassare, the Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese, who was shot in both legs in the early hours of Monday, April 26.

Placard during peaceful demonstrations in Rumbek, South Sudan against attacks on foreign Clergy in Rumbek Diocese 28 April 2021/ Credit: ACI Africa /

Civil Societies in South Sudan “deeply concerned about” Attack on Foreign Clergy in Rumbek

Members of Civil Society entities in South Sudan under their umbrella body, the Civil Society Organizations Network (CiSON) have expressed deep concerns about attacks on foreign clergy ministering in the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek.

Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek on 27 April 2021 at the Nairobi Hospital where he is being treated for gunshot injuries in his legs. Credit: ACI Africa /

“I’m well, improving, I’ll be with you”: Bishop-elect to South Sudan’s Rumbek Community

The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who is nursing gunshot injuries in Nairobi, Kenya, has sought to reassure the people of God in Rumbek that he is out of danger and that he plans to return  to the South Sudanese Diocese.

The Bishop-elect of South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese, Msgr. Christian Carlassare airlifted to Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, through the services of the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) for specialized treatment. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

South Sudanese Catholic Clerics among a Dozen Arrested Following Bishop-elect’s Shooting

Three South Sudanese Catholic Clerics are among 12 people who have been arrested following the shooting of the Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese in the early hours of Monday, April 26, multiple sources in Rumbek have told ACI Africa.

Bishop-elect for Rumbek in South Sudan, Christian Carlassare / Courtesy Photo

Bishop-elect in South Sudan Shot, Evacuation Plans for Specialized Treatment Underway

The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who was shot last night is nursing bullet wounds at a health facility in the South Sudanese Diocese, multiple sources have told ACI Africa.

The former Coordinator of Rumbek Diocese, Fr. John Mathiang, welcoming Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in Rumbek Diocese on 15 April 2021. Credit: Courtesy Photo /

Bishop-elect in South Sudan Concerned about Growing Inter-Communal Violence, Deaths

The Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek has expressed concerns over growing inter-communal violence that has left more than twenty young people dead in Lakes State, a region covered by the episcopal see he is expected to administer.

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare standing amidst South Sudanese Catholic women. / Courtesy Photo

In Q&A, Bishop-elect in South Sudan Shares about Planned Episcopal Ordination

Ahead of his episcopal ordination in May, the Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Diocese of Rumbek, Fr. Christian Carlassare, has shared with ACI Africa about the event of his ordination as a Bishop, including the significance of the proposed date and links with his predecessor, Bishop Caesar Mazzolari who passed on in July 2011.