Juba, South Sudan: Background to Controversy over New Archbishop’s Appointment

Relying on sources in Juba and seeking to make sense of the protests against the planned installation of the Archbishop elect, slated to take place this Sunday, March 22, the new Archbishop seems to have his work cut out, ACI Africa has gathered from multiple sources.

It is the untold story of lamentations about a Church institution endowed with so much, human and other, but, according to multiple sources in Juba, lagging behind in stewardship and servant leadership after the example of the person of Jesus Christ.

The only Metropolitan See of the world’s newest country, South Sudan, the 17-parish Catholic Archdiocese of Juba is served by some 110 priests, 50 diocesan priests in active ministry with only four of them aged 70 and above, others being members of different Religious Orders and Societies of Apostolic life, a source in the Archdiocesan Secretariat told ACI Africa.

Some of the religious and missionary congregations involved in parish ministry in the 25,137 square-kilometer Archdiocese include the Comboni Missionaries, Missionaries of Mary Immaculate, Salesians of Don Bosco, Franciscan Missionaries (and Mill Hill Missionaries – ed.).

The others in various specialized ministries are the Apostles of Jesus, Order of Friars Minor, Daughters of Mary Immaculate Missionaries, Sisters of Charity, Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ursuline Missionary Sisters, and Daughters of St. Paul.

Source: ACIAfrica

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