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The boarding section of St. Daniel Comboni Boarding Primary School in South Sudan’s Torit Diocese ravaged by fire. Credit: ACI Africa /

Catholic School Leadership in South Sudan Appeals for Donations Following Weekend Inferno

A fire that ravaged the boarding section of St. Daniel Comboni Boarding Primary School in South Sudan’s Torit Diocese over the weekend has left dozens of learners at the school with no place to sleep, the management of the Catholic institution has told ACI Africa.

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Hope for School Going Children in South Sudan as Archdiocese Keeps School Fees Low

Catholic schools in South Sudan’s Metropolitan Archdiocese of Juba have distinguished themselves for providing quality education at reduced charges amid concerns that private schools are hiking school fees in the country.

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How UK-based Catholic Aid Agency is Supporting Fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The leadership of the development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has, in a report, outlined its efforts in supporting the fight against COVID-19 in African countries.

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 for South Sudan’s Rumbek, Msgr. Christian Carlassare at the Nairobi Hospital where he is being treated for gunshot injuries in his legs. Credit: ACI Africa /

Catholic Bishops in Sudan, South Sudan Pray for “quick recovery” of Bishop-elect

Members of the Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SCBC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their spiritual closeness with Msgr. Christian Carlassare, the Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who is nursing gunshot injuries after he was shot in both legs in the early hours of Monday, April 26.

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.

The Late Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Juba, Paulino Lukudu/ Credit: Courtesy Photo /

South Sudanese Archbishop Posthumously Honored for “outstanding contributions to Church”

The late South Sudanese Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro is among the recipients of the 2021 Lambeth Awards given by the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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.

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Catholic Schools in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese Set to Introduce Child Safeguarding Policy

Catholic schools in South Sudan’s Wau Diocese are set to introduce the Child Safeguarding Policy this year, a move aimed at boosting the efforts of agencies concerned with protecting the rights of children in the Diocese. 

Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam Gbitiku of South Sudan's Wau Diocese at the launch of the Surgical operations for cataract. Credit: ACI Africa /

South Sudanese Catholic Diocese Targets Hundreds of Patients in Eye Surgeries

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Wau has partnered with Swiss Red Cross and South Sudan Red Cross to launch an eye care campaign in the country’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state in view of treating at least 500 patients with cataracts. 

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 Matthew Remijio Adam Gbitiku of South Sudan's Wau Diocese at the weeklong training on financial management. Credit: ACI Africa /

German Catholic Charity Facilitates Financial Management Training in South Sudan

A Germany Catholic charity has facilitated a weeklong training of project and finance e mployees of South Sudan's Wau Diocese in financial management that was organized to equip the staff with proper techniques of proposal and report writing in their respective departments.

Bishop emeritus Paride Taban of South Sudan's Torit Diocese receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Credit: ACI Africa /

Elderly South Sudanese Bishop Receives COVID-19 Jab, Seeks to Dispel Fear of Vaccine

The Bishop emeritus of South Sudan’s Torit Diocese has, in a bid to dispel fears over COVID-19 vaccination exercise, become the first known prominent religious leader in the East-Central African nation to receive the jab.

Late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop emeritus of South Sudan's Juba Diocese. He was laid to rest on 12 April 2021. Credit : Courtesy Photo. /

Late South Sudanese Archbishop Eulogized as Good Listener, “uncommon hero of holiness”

The late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro who died April 5 at the age of 80 has, during his Funeral Mass, been eulogized as a good listener, truthful, generous, and an “uncommon hero of holiness,” among other qualities.

Late Paolino Lukudu Loro, the immediate former Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese. He died April 5 in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, at the age of 80. Credit : Courtesy Photo /

Religious, Political Leaders Hail Archbishop Who Mobilized South Sudan’s Bishops for Peace

Religious and political leaders in South Sudan have paid glowing tribute to the emeritus Archbishop of Juba Archdiocese, describing him as a great man who mobilized his brother Bishops in the country to work towards peace.