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Pope Francis recorded a video message for the people of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Pope Francis ‘greatly disappointed’ over missing trip to Africa this week

Jul 2, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope released a video message in which he urged the Congolese and South Sudanese people to place their hope... Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

After canceling trip, Pope Francis sending Cardinal Parolin to visit Africa

Jun 27, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope's trip was canceled because of continued problems with his knee. Read more

Pope Francis is pictured in St. Peter’s Basilica on Pentecost Sunday, June 5, 2022.

Pope Francis’ July trip to Africa postponed for health reasons

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was due to visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis greets South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir at the Vatican on March 16, 2019.

Pope Francis’ DR Congo and South Sudan itinerary unveiled

May 30, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Pope Francis will visit the African nations on July 2-7. Read more

Pope Francis and the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, at the Vatican on Oct. 5, 2021.

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury say South Sudan trip will be a ‘pilgrimage of peace’

May 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.” Read more

Suspects in the shooting of Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare appear in court.

Catholic priest among 4 sentenced in shooting of South Sudan bishop-elect

Apr 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

Father John Mathiang Machol was given a 7-year jail sentence. Read more

Pope Francis boards the papal plane before a visit to Iraq March 5, 2021.

On South Sudan trip, Pope Francis will not see ‘peace realized, but peace persisting,’ bishop says

Apr 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

“There are no major risks” to Pope Francis’ safety in South Sudan, Bishop Christian Carlassare said. Read more

Father Christian Carlassare, Bishop-elect of Rumbek, speaks at Holy Family Cathedral, March 23, 2022.

Bishop-elect of Rumbek pledges to foster unity, receives heroic reception

Mar 24, 2022

By Jude Atemanke

Father Christian Carlassare, the bishop-elect of Rumbek, returned to his see Wednesday to jubilation, as he emphasized his intention to... Read more

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare in a hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, April 27, 2021, after having been shot in Rumbek, South Sudan.

Pope Francis meets shot South Sudan bishop-elect at Vatican

Mar 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs in Rumbek, South Sudan in April 2021. Read more

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

Pope Francis to visit Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan

Mar 3, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope will travel to Kinshasa, Goma, and Juba. Read more

Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, is partnering with the Catholic University of South Sudan (shown in the photo above) in the city of Yambia.

Partnership focused on peace links Seton Hall to South Sudanese university

Nov 8, 2021

By Katie Yoder

Seton Hall University and the Catholic University of South Sudan have entered into a partnership aimed at fostering student and... 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.

This bishop-elect was shot and his episcopal ordination postponed to 2022

Nov 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare was shot in both legs on April 26. Read more

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'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign. Read more

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

Aug 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 14, 2021

By Katie Yoder

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

May 5, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Apr 28, 2021

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

Apr 27, 2021

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