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Sr. Mary Daniel Abud (L) and Sr. Regina Roba (R) were killed in an ambush by armed gunmen in South Sudan on Aug. 16, 2021.

Pope Francis saddened by ‘brutal attack’ which killed Catholic nuns in South Sudan

Sr. Mary Daniel Abud and Sr. Regina Roba were killed by armed gunmen along a highway in South Sudan on... Read more

South Sudanese refugees queue to receive water at a refugee camp near Kosti, Sudan, June 2017.

From child soldier to Catholic priest: Father Mbikoyo lives to give hope to the hopeless

A Catholic priest is returning to the land where he was once abducted to “give hope to those who have... Read more

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare of Rumbek recovers at a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

‘I offer the pain I’m going through’: Shot Catholic bishop-elect prays for purification of S Sudan diocese

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare says he is imploring God for an end to “violence, division, [and] selfish desires.” Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, recovering at a hospital in Nairobi April 27 after having been shot in his rectory in Rumbek the previous day. Credit: ACI Africa.

'I'm well, improving, I'll be with you': Bishop-elect to S Sudan's Rumbek diocese

The Bishop-Elect of Rumbek, who is in a Nairobi hospital recovering from gunshot injuries, sought on Tuesday to reassure his... Read more

Catholic clerics among 12 arrested after bishop-elect shot in South Sudan

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs by two armed men. Read more

Fr. Christian Carlassare, bishop-elect of the Diocese of Rumbek

Bishop-elect in South Sudan shot, evacuation plans for specialized treatment underway

The bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese was shot last night and is nursing bullet wounds at a local health... Read more

Fr. Lazar Arasu with participants at Peace Meeting with UNHCR and other Leaders in South Sudan

South Sudan's tribes can power peace efforts, Catholic priest says

After a violent incident between South Sudanese tribal members in a previously peaceful refugee camp in Uganda, a local priest... Read more

Barnaba Marial Benjamin of South Sudan, Paolo Impagliazzo of Sant'Egidio, and Pa’gan Amum Okiech, Interim Chairman of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.

South Sudan peace declaration signed in Rome

The Republic of South Sudan and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) have signed a peace declaration in Rome... Read more

On Dec. 12, 2019, Pope Francis (left) appointed Bishop Stephen Ameyu of Torit Diocese (right) as the new Archbishop of Juba in South Sudan

Controversy continues regarding South Sudan archbishop appointment

Bari ethnic leaders in South Sudan have distanced themselves from critics of the newly-appointed Archbishop of Juba. The archbishop has... Read more

Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla, who was appointed Archbishop of Juba Dec. 12, 2019.

Group of South Sudanese clerics, laity reject Juba archbishop appointment

A group of three priests and five laymen from the Archdiocese of Juba wrote Thursday to the Congregation for the... Read more

Pope Francis on May 29, 2019.

Francis prays for reconciliation as South Sudan struggles to form coalition government

During the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Francis led Catholics in praying a ‘Hail Mary’ for peace and reconciliation for South... Read more

Ave Maria Parish Church, outside Mupoi, South Sudan.

In war-torn South Sudan, two Spanish priests build a shrine to Our Lady of the Rosary

Ave Maria, the parish church outside Mupoi, South Sudan, fell into disrepair decades ago. It was abandoned at the beginning... Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudanese president Salva Kiir at the Vatican, April 11, 2019.

South Sudan president: I was ‘almost trembling’ as Pope Francis begged me to make peace

In an unprecedented gesture last month, Pope Francis kissed the feet of several South Sudanese leaders, who were visiting the... Read more

Sister Ester of South Sudan's "Blue Sisters."

In South Sudan, the 'Blue Sisters' bring hope to abused women

They were founded three decades ago in southern Sudan, and named the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. But in... Read more

Bishop Eduardo Kussala of Tombura-Yambio.

How the South Sudanese bishops are working to promote peace

The president of the Sudanese Bishops’ Conference said he believes peace in South Sudan is possible, but the process will... Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury joins Pope Francis to co-host South Sudan retreat

The leaders of the newest country in the world will meet this week in the smallest country in the world.  Read more

Cattle paid to South Sudan families after girls died in Catholic school fire

After a fire killed three young girls at a Catholic girls boarding school in South Sudan last month, the local... Read more

Pope Francis meeting with President Salva Kiir Mayardit of the Republic of South Sudan on March 16, 2019.

Pope Francis to host 'spiritual retreat' for leaders of war-torn South Sudan

The Vatican will host a “spiritual retreat” for South Sudan’s president and opposition leader as they navigate the peace process... Read more

Pope Francis Aug. 12, 2018.

We will be judged for whether we shared 'our daily bread,' pope says

The ‘daily bread’ asked of God in the ‘Our Father’ is for everyone, and Christians will be judged by how... Read more