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Late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro (left), Late Bishop Alfred Leonhard Maluma (Center) and Late Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga (Right) /

Bishops in Eastern Africa Write to Condole with Ugandans, South Sudanese, Tanzanians

The leadership of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (AMECEA) has, in separate statements, condoled with the people of God in Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania following the death of Catholic Prelates in their respective countries. 

Fr. John Tae Seok Lee / Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Government Urged to Revive Health Facility in Memory of Celebrated Cleric

South Sudan’s Presidential Envoy and the country’s former minister of Foreign Affairs have urged the Ministry of Higher Education to revive the construction project of a hospital in memory of Fr. John Tae Seok Lee.

Some beneficiaries of the scholarships offered by Charity Foundation for African Catholic Mission at the University of Juba on 6 April 2021 / ACI Africa

Catholic Foundation Awarding Scholarships to Medical Students in South Sudan Universities

The Catholic Foundation in memory of Fr. John Tae Seok Lee has, through the support of the Charity Foundation for African Catholic Mission, awarded scholarships to medical students studying in the South Sudanese public universities.

The Late Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, Archbishop emeritus of South Sudan's Juba Archdiocese who died Monday, April 5 aged 80. / Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Archbishop Dies in Kenya, Successor Says “star has this morning flickered”

Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, the immediate former Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, has died in Nairobi, Kenya, at the age of 80.

Bishop Erkolano Ladu Tombe  of South Sudan's Yei Diocese / Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Bishop Decries Fresh Displacement of People from Villages

The Bishop of South Sudan’s Yei Diocese has condemned the continuous looting and displacement of people in several villages of the East Central Africa country at a moment he says various parties are struggling to implement a peace deal to foster unity in the country.

South Sudanese refugee children carry water through Bidi Bidi camp in Uganda. / Tommy Trenchard/ Trocaire

Humanitarian Situation in South Sudan “likely to worsen in 2021”: Catholic Aid Agency

The humanitarian situation of the people of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, is likely to worsen in 2021, the leadership of the overseas development agency of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland, Trocaire, has said.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Leaders in South Sudan Want Ban on Public Worship Lifted During Easter

Leaders of the Catholic Church in South Sudan have reached out to the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) requesting to be permitted to lead public worship during the Holy Week and Easter.

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.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese / Courtesy Photo

South Sudanese Archbishop Urges Government to Allow Doctors to Examine COVID-19 Vaccine

The Archbishop of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has called upon the government of the East-Central African nation to permit national doctors and scientists examine the COVID-19 vaccine, which landed into the country Thursday, March 25.

A house under construction for war victims in South Sudan / Courtesy Photo

Catholic Nuns in South Sudan Constructing Houses to Benefit Dozens of Civil War Victims

Members of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) serving in South Sudan are constructing houses for war victims in the East-Central African country in a project that will see over 100 victims resettled, years after the signing of the peace agreement to end the civil war in the country.

Map showing the 11 feeder roads under construction in South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese. / Tombura-Yambio Diocese

South Sudanese Bishop Launches Multiple Feeder Roads, Says Hundreds of Thousands to Profit

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese recently launched 11 feeder roads in his episcopal see, which, he said, would benefit hundreds of thousands when completed.

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.

A member of the Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate and collaborators providing healthcare assistance to a little child / ACI Africa

Catholic Nuns in South Sudan Providing Skills-training in IDP Rehabilitation Programs

In an effort to provide Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with opportunities and skills that are efficient, adequate and acceptable for socioeconomic environment, Catholic Nuns in South Sudan are providing rehabilitation and community reintegration programs for those living in camps in the country.

Fr. Gregor Schmidt, a Comboni Missionary in South Sudan's Malakal Diocese / Comboni Missionaries

How South Sudan’s Vacant Dioceses Hindered Catholic Bishops’ Role in Achieving Peace

The Catholic Church in South Sudan has had a unique credibility and moral authority throughout the civil wars when there were no functional government institutions, a Comboni Missionary Cleric in the country has said.

A water pump that has been repaired through the generosity of CAFOD supporters. / Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)

Conflict, Climate Challenges Behind South Sudan’s Water Shortage, Catholic Aid Agency Says

The leadership of a Catholic aid agency with programs in South Sudan has, in a report, attributed water shortages in the East-Central African nation to the protracted conflict and vagaries of the climate.

South Sudan’s Opposition Parties signing the declaration to recommit to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) at a meeting in the Kenyan town of Naivasha. / Courtesy Photo

South Sudan’s Opposition Parties Announce Recommitment to Cessation of Hostilities Pact

Opposition parties in South Sudan’s protracted conflict have announced their intention to recommit to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed in December 2017.

Bishop-elect for South Sudan's Rumbek Diocese, Comboni Missionary Christian Carlassare, appointed 8 March 2021 / Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare

Bishop-elect of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Says His Appointment Shows “God of surprises"

The Bishop-elect for the Catholic Diocese of Rumbek (DoR) in South Sudan that has been vacant for almost a decade has described his Monday, March 8 episcopal appointment as an illustration of “the God of surprises.”

Some goiter patients receiving treatment at St. Daniel Comboni Hospital in South Sudan's Diocese of Wau / ACI Africa

Campaign by Catholic Doctors for Goiter Patients Reveals South Sudan’s High Medical Demand

Catholic doctors in South Sudan’s Diocese of Wau have successfully conducted surgeries on more than 20 goiter patients in the East-Central African country in an initiative that has revealed a huge demand for the treatment in the country.

Members of the South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) during a press conference on 15 February 2021 / ACI Africa

Church Leaders in South Sudan Want Peace Restored Ahead of Unity Government Anniversary

Church leaders and representatives of various civil groups in South Sudan are appealing to the government to restore peace, security and stability in the East-Central African country ahead of the first anniversary of the formation of the transitional government of national unity aimed at bringing peace.

Flag of South Sudan / Public Domain

Catholic Doctors in South Sudan Target Goitre Patients in New Medical Campaign

Catholic Doctors in South Sudan’s Diocese of Wau have launched a campaign at the Comboni hospital to operate goitre patients in ten days.