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Catholic Clinic in South Sudan Closed Down After All Doctors Test Positive for COVID-19

A Catholic Health Centre of South Sudan’s Wau Diocese has temporarily shut down after the three only doctors at the facility tested positive for COVID-19 and have been isolated to monitor their respective health conditions.

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Introducing New Bank Notes Points to Corruption, Failing Economy: Bishop in South Sudan

A Catholic Bishop has criticized the South Sudanese government for introducing into circulation a one-thousand-pound banknote intended to clear away large amounts of smaller notes for transaction and to facilitate easier cash use in a soaring inflation.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan's Tombura-Yambio Diocese / Ruru Gene: Tombura-Yambio Diocese.

Bishop in South Sudan Calls on Government to Reorganize Soldiers, Weed Out Militants

The Catholic Bishop of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio has called on the country’s Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) to reorganize the army forces under a sole command and control in order to achieve lasting peace in the East-Central African nation.

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South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese Trains Women on Peace and Reconciliation

South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Rumbek in collaboration with peace organizations in the country is realizing a training aimed to equip women in the East-Central African country with reconciliation and mediation skills to enable them prevent conflicts and promote peace in their respective communities.

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Catholic Teacher in South Sudan Worried Prolonged Lockdown May Lead to Early Marriages

As schools in South Sudan remain closed in adherence to a fresh lockdown in the East-Central African nation, a Catholic teacher in the country’s Yei Diocese is concerned that the situation exposes school going children to various challenges including early pregnancies and marriages.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio in South Sudan. / Tombura-Yambio Diocese/Facebook

South Sudanese Bishop Urges Government “to reverse” Ban on Public Worship

A Catholic Bishop in South Sudan has appealed to the government to reverse a ban on public worship as the East Central African country battles the second wave of COVID-19, saying that people are already overwhelmed.

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Bishop in South Sudan Suspends Public Prayers Following Fresh Ban on Social Gatherings

Following South Sudan’s government circular ordering a one-month partial lockdown after a surge in COVID-19 reported cases, the Catholic Bishop of Wau Diocese has directed that all public liturgical celebrations be suspended.

JRS Programme Manager Felix Omollo (R) with UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi visiting a JRS project in Yambio, South Sudan. / Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa

Jesuits, UNHCR Partner to Improve Living Conditions of Deprived Populations in South Sudan

The leadership of the international refugee organization of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to improve the living conditions of deprived populations in South Sudan.

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Catholic Schools in Juba, South Sudan Maintain Old Schedule after Change of Time Zone

While South Sudan has officially changed from East African Time (E.A.T.) zone to Central African Time (C.A.T.), the leadership of Catholic Schools in the country’s Metropolitan Archdiocese of Juba has decided to stick to their previous schedule.

Government officials during the Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam Gbitiku of Wau Diocese Sunday, January 24 / ACI Africa

South Sudanese Official Lauds Pope Francis for Peace Initiatives, Showing Love

An official in South Sudan’s government has praised the affection of Pope Francis to people of God in the East-Central African nation manifested in his peace initiatives in the country.

Front page of the Statutes of the first Diocesan Synod in South Sudan's Diocese of Tombura-Yambio. / Diocese of Tombura-Yambio/Facebook.

South Sudanese Bishop Explains Evangelization Roadmap of First Diocesan Synod

The Bishop of South Sudan’s Catholic Diocese of Tombura-Yambio has, in an interview with ACI Africa, explained the roadmap toward the implementation of the Diocesan Synod conceived some years ago as a way of caring for the people of God and “building a strong community of Christians” in the South Sudanese Diocese.

Bishops in South Sudan lay hands on Bishop Matthew Remijio Adam Gbitiku of Wau Diocese during his Episcopal Ordination Sunday, January 24. / ACI Africa

Clerics in South Sudan Encouraged to Remain Informed, Revise “Theology and live it”

Catholic Priests in South Sudan have, at the celebration of the Episcopal Ordination of the Bishop of Wau Diocese, been called upon to keep updating their theological knowledge to be effective in their Priestly ministry among the people of God.

An image representing John Lee Memorial Hospital in Tonj, South Sudan. / Tonjproject

Salesian Missionary Establishes Hospital for Vulnerable Population in South Sudan

An Italy-based member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has facilitated the establishment of a gynecology and obstetrics hospital in the Catholic mission of Tonj of South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese.

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

South Sudanese Archbishop Opposes Envisaged Adoption of New Time Zone

The South Sudan government has announced plans to change to a new time zone, a move that has been criticized by a Catholic Bishop in the East-Central African country who says that the change will disrupt activities in the country.

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South Sudan’s Multiple Crises Cause for Alarm, Catholic Agency Urges Quick Response

Various crises in South Sudan have exposed millions of citizens of the East-Central African nation to a life-threatening situation, a Catholic agency has cautioned, calling for urgent intervention to “avert an impending catastrophe.”

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

Let Refugees, IDPs Find Peace When They Come Home, South Sudanese Bishop to Politicians

Following random murders of civilians by what authorities have referred to as “unknown gunmen” in South Sudanese villages, a Catholic Bishop has told politicians to make the country peaceful for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees after thet return home.

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South Sudanese Diocese Set to Dedicate Feast of Don Bosco to Youth Challenges

As the Church prepares to commemorate the life of St. John Bosco, a priest known for his humility and dedication to helping young boys succeed in life, a Catholic Diocese in South Sudan has chosen to dedicate this year’s January 31 commemoration to the challenges that continue to face young people.

Bishop-elect Matthew Adam Gbitiku. /

South Sudan’s Wau Diocese Launches Funds Drive Toward Ordination of New Bishop

In order to carry out a successful installation of the new Bishop for South Sudan’s Wau Diocese, a donation exercise has been initiated, spearheaded by a fundraising committee, an official has told ACI Africa over the weekend.

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“Act as voice of voiceless in quest for peace": Church Leader in South Sudan Urges

The quest for peace in South Sudan can be achieved when the people of God raise their voices in favor of the “voiceless” in society, the leadership of the Inter-Churches Council (ICC) has said.

Some youths in South Sudan at the inaugural session of the spiritual retreat of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese. / ACI Africa

Emulate Leaders with Integrity in Society, Clerics Urge Catholic Youth in South Sudan

Young Catholics in South Sudan have, at the inaugural session of the youth spiritual retreat of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, been called upon to pick leadership qualities portrayed by good leaders in the East Central African nation.