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After Pope Francis’ visit, South Sudan relief charity sees renewed interest and prayers

Feb 26, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

For workers at a relief agency that has supplied aid to the people of South Sudan for 25 years, the... Read more

Pope Francis met with bishops, priests, and religious in St. Theresa Cathedral in Juba, South Sudan, on Feb. 4, 2023.

Pope Francis: ‘I believe that the pope’s ministry is for life’

Feb 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis addressed once again the question of whether he will resign the papacy in two conversations with Jesuit priests... Read more

Pope Francis met young people and adults from the Diocese of Rumbek in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 4, 2023.

Meeting Pope Francis ‘a dream come true’ for South Sudanese youth

Feb 11, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We thought we were just going to go and see the pope. But actually it has turned in to something... Read more

Pope Francis greets a young boy a Mass in Juba, South Sudan on Feb. 5, 2023.

Pope at Mass in South Sudan: In the name of Jesus, lay down the weapons of hatred

Feb 5, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis urged Christians in the war-torn South Sudan to make a decisive contribution to changing history by refusing to... Read more

On Jan. 25, 2023, 60 youth and 24 adults, including Bishop Christian Carlassare (center) and Sister Orla Treacy (right) started on a nine-day, 255-mile pilgrimage from Rumbek to Juba, South Sudan for Pope Francis’ Feb. 3-5 visit.

Youth walk 9 days and 250 miles across South Sudan to see Pope Francis

Feb 3, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

The peace pilgrimage, an initiative of the Diocese of Rumbek in central South Sudan, began from Holy Family Cathedral on... Read more

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before his flight to Africa on Jan. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis meets with refugees from Congo and South Sudan before flight to Africa

Jan 31, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Among the refugees who met with the pope was Bidong, who spent much of his childhood in a refugee camp... Read more

Pope Francis visits the Basilica of St. Mary Major on Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, to entrust his upcoming trip to Africa to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pope Francis entrusts trip to Congo and South Sudan to Blessed Virgin Mary

Jan 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The pope departs Rome on Tuesday morning for the capital city of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a... Read more

Pope Francis gives his weekly Angelus address on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022.

Pope Francis concerned about deadly clashes in South Sudan

Dec 11, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis is scheduled to travel to South Sudan’s capital city, Juba, in just under eight weeks. Read more

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