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Latest stories: South Sudan

Rita Lopidia, winner of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Award. / ACI Africa

Catholic Activist Behind Women Empowerment in South Sudan Bags Global Peace Award

A South Sudanese Catholic female activist who was nominated in July among ten contenders of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) Award is the overall winner of the institute’s inaugural 2020 Women Building Peace Award.

Logo Sudan Relief Fund (SRF). /

Sudan Relief Fund Evaluates Sudan, South Sudan Projects, Commits to More Local Engagement

The leadership of Sudan Relief Fund (SRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing food, safe drinking water, clothing, shelter, medical attention and hope to the people of Sudan and South Sudan, is carrying out an evaluation on projects being implemented in the two countries.

Ave Maria Parish Church, outside Mupoi, South Sudan. / Alejandro Bermudez/CNA

Public Mass in South Sudan Set to Resume in a Week’s Time amid Strict Measures

Catholic Bishops in South Sudan have announced the lifting of the suspension on the celebration of Mass in public effective September 20 and urged the faithful to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines put in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Logo International Literacy Day 2020. / United Nations

On International Literacy Day, South Sudanese Bishop Challenges Youth to Go for Knowledge

On International Literacy Day celebrated September 8, a South Sudanese Bishop has challenged young people in South Sudan to invest in reading to gain knowledge to help build the East-Central African country, cautioning against the growing tendency of the youth in the nine-year-old nation to assign themselves academic titles not conferred upon them by institutions of higher learning.

Map showing Salesian Missionary presence across the globe. /

Salesians’ Development Entity Highlights its COVID-19 Interventions in Africa

The leadership of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has, in a report shared with ACI Africa, provided an overview of some of COVID-19 interventions undertaken in various parts of the world, including Africa.

Cathedral of St. Emmanuel, Diocese of Yei South Sudan. /

South Sudanese Diocese Resumes Public Worship, to Close Should COVID-19 Cases Increase

For the first time in four months, a Catholic Diocese in South Sudan opened doors to eager Christians who thronged their respective places of worship for their first public Mass since the closure of places of worship in the East-Central African country as a strategy to tame the spread of COVID-19.

Trainees at the Don Bosco Technical Training Center South Sudan. / Salesian Missions

Salesian Missionaries Helping South Sudanese Women Venture into ‘Men’s Careers’

Esbella Paul Modi faced harsh criticism from her family and her friends when she announced that she had decided to pursue a technical course after she completed high school studies where she performed exceptionally well.

Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of South Sudan’s Tombura-Yambio Diocese. /

Why COVID-19 Crisis is an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth: South Sudanese Bishop

A South Sudanese Bishop has, in an editorial message published on his Diocese’s website Thursday, September 3 explained why COVID-19 restrictions offer an opportunity for spiritual growth.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of Juba Archdiocese. /

South Sudanese Prelate Calls for Patience as Places of Worship, Schools Remain Closed

As frustration mounts in South Sudan owing to closure of schools and the protracted suspension of public worship, the Archbishop of Juba has called for patience as stakeholders plan the safe way to allow for liturgical celebrations in public and resumption of schooling.

Farming groups receiving training on new farming methods at a demonstration farm managed by the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) and collaborators in the country’s capital, Juba. / ACI Africa

Nuns Introduce New Farming Methods to over 25,000 Households in South Sudan

At least 25,000 households that are part of hundreds of farming groups in South Sudan have embraced the latest farming techniques to improve productivity and to create more sources of livelihood thanks to a project initiated by Religious Sisters ministering in the East-Central African country.

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Caritas Switzerland Seeking to Improve Livelihoods of Deprived South Sudanese

In a three-year initiative, Caritas Switzerland is seeking to improve the livelihoods of at least 20,000 deprived South Sudanese in a County within the Catholic Diocese of Torit, an official has told ACI Africa.

Bus Service Provided by Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) to commuters in South Susan / ACI Africa

Inside Missionaries’ Transport Service Initiative in South Sudan’s Remote Villages

In an array of challenges that Missionaries in South Sudan face, poor transport structures in the East-Central African country is one of the biggest headaches, hindering access to parishes and outstations tucked in the remotest parts of the nine-year-old country.

Fr. Charles Taban, Director of Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre (DBTC) in the  Diocese of El Obeid, South Sudan. / ACI Africa

Salesians in Sudan Equipping Youth with Technical Skills “to face life with dignity”

Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Sudan are preparing young people with productive technical skills “to face life with dignity” as they grow up to serve their country, the Director of Don Bosco Vocational Training Centre (DBTC) in the Country’s Catholic Diocese of El Obeid has told ACI Africa.

Members of the Society of Daughters of Mary Immaculate (DMI) and the Missionaries of Mary Immaculate (MMI) serving in South Sudan. /

How Catholic Nuns, Priests are Keeping over 10,000 South Sudanese Children in School

It has taken the effort of two Religious Orders ministering in South Sudan to build 26 primary schools, which have kept thousands of children in school in the aftermath of the struggle for independence that left many children orphaned in the nine-year-old East-Central African country.

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

Prelate in South Sudan Concerned about Incomplete Formation of Unity Government

Seven months after South Sudan formed the national unity government that was meant to end war and initiate peace and harmony in the world’s youngest nation, the Catholic Bishop of the country’s Diocese of Tombura-Yambio has expressed worry over the incomplete formation of the political administrative units to make up the government.

A poster for a campaign against tuberculosis organized by the Arkangelo Ali Association (AAA)  in South Sudan. / Arkangelo Ali Association (AAA)

Catholic Health Association in South Sudan Avails COVID-19 Guidelines for TB Patients

Arkangelo Ali Association (AAA) in South Sudan, an organization which runs Tuberculosis (TB) and Leprosy control programs in the Diocese of Rumbek has made available COVID-19 guidelines that were specifically developed for TB patients in view of managing the condition in five of the ten states of the country.

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. 

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination Mass last Saturday, August 15, 2020. / ACI Africa

“Priests are instruments in the hand of God”: South Sudanese Prelate at Ordination

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has, during the Diaconate and Priestly Ordination last Saturday, told those to be ordained to consider themselves “instruments in the hand of God” in their apostolate.

Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) realizing feeding programs for vulnerable groups  in Zambia and South Sudan. / Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB)

Salesian Missionaries Realize Feeding Program in Zambia and South Sudan

Members of Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) ministering in Zambia and South Sudan are realizing feeding programs in the two African countries through a food donation initiative, which Salesian Missions, the U.S.-based development arm of SDB is facilitating, a report sent to ACI Africa indicates.

Young people in South Sudan during celebrations marking International Youth Day organized by the leadership of the seven-member South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC). / South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC)

Youth in South Sudan Encouraged to Embrace Intermarriages for Peacebuilding

The Catholic Youth Coordinator in South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese has urged young people belonging to different tribes in the country that have experienced protracted tribal conflicts to embrace intermarriages as a way to foster long-lasting peace in the East-Central African nation.