South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique
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South Sudan: Pope’s Planned Ecumenical Visit Unique

n a Thursday, May 19 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Jim Greene who is the Executive Director of Solidarity with South Sudan (SSS) said the coming of Pope Francis to South Sudan is “a huge occasion” for the people of God in the country.  “It’s a huge occasion for the rejoicing of Bishops, Priests, and Laity. The ecumenical approach…

South Sudan: Papal Visit Boost to Stalling Peace Process
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South Sudan: Papal Visit Boost to Stalling Peace Process

Expectations are high in South Sudan after the recent announcement that Pope Francis is scheduled to make his long-awaited visit to the country in July, bringing what many hope will be a message of comfort and also a fresh boost to the national peace process. Speaking to Crux, Irish Sister Orla Treacy said that the general…

Pope to Visit DR Congo and South Sudan in July
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Pope to Visit DR Congo and South Sudan in July

Fulfilling a promise made years ago, Pope Francis this July will visit South Sudan, a country torn by a civil war. He will also visit the Democratic Republic of Congo. “At the invitation of their respective Heads of State and Bishops, His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to the Democratic Republic of…

Malakal, South Sudan: Combining Synodality with Humanitarian Emergency
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Malakal, South Sudan: Combining Synodality with Humanitarian Emergency

The people of God in South Sudan’s Malakal Diocese are taking part in the ongoing preparations for the Synod on Synodality despite the humanitarian emergency due to floods, the Local Ordinary of the South Sudanese Diocese has said. In an interview with ACI Africa, Bishop Stephen Nyodho Ador Majwok underscored the value of the Synodal process, and described it as “an important…

South Sudan: Joint Pope Francis-Archbishop Welby Visit in Next Few Months?
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South Sudan: Joint Pope Francis-Archbishop Welby Visit in Next Few Months?

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby may undertake their much anticipated, but delayed joint trip to South Sudan in “the next few months” to encourage peace in a country still recovering from a bloody civil war and a humanitarian crisis.  “God willing, sometime in the next few months, perhaps year, we will go…

South Sudan: The Amazing Story of Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron
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South Sudan: The Amazing Story of Holy Trinity Peace Village in Kuron

The Peace Village also started people talking. Peace committees wereorganized in every settlement over a large area in the southeast ofthe nascent country. Regular meetings provide an early warning system,identifying tensions before they lead to violence. “The committees work hard,” said Albano Louis, a Toposa chief inKorokochom. “People share their grievances, and we work hard…

Malakal, South Sudan: Concrete Gestures towards Reconciliation
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Malakal, South Sudan: Concrete Gestures towards Reconciliation

Sister Elena Balatti, of the Comboni Missionaries, is Coordinator of the Office for Integral Human Development (Caritas) in the diocese of Malakal. Her commitment is humanitarian and in defence of human rights. She works in the field of justice and peace, networking with many other people in South Sudan and in close contact with a…

South Sudan: Oil Companies in the Dock for War Crimes
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South Sudan: Oil Companies in the Dock for War Crimes

Investigations leading to these charges began in 2010 following a report by PAX, a Dutch NGO, which the former implementing agency for the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS), on Lundin’s activities in the region. The report entitled Unpaid Debt, alleged that members of the Lundin Consortium, including OMV AG  (Austria) and Petronas (Malaysia), may have…

South Sudan: ‘Faith Growing Amid Hardship’- Archbishop Stephen Ameyu
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South Sudan: ‘Faith Growing Amid Hardship’- Archbishop Stephen Ameyu

“The Christians are suffering greatly. Our priests are also experiencing many hardships. In some parishes there are only straw huts, no electricity or water,” Archbishop Ameyu is quoted as saying in the Tuesday, December 7 ACN report. The South Sudanese Archbishop adds, “In places that do not have a church, the people come together to pray…

Malakal, South Sudan: Women Peacemakers Step into the Fray
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Malakal, South Sudan: Women Peacemakers Step into the Fray

The hyper-local peace initiatives represented by the Women’s Union andthe Peace Committee are a step towards creating the conditions forreconciliation. “The workshops and meetings have borne some fruit,even if it’s still very little,” said Gong, the Shilluk chief. But valuable though local engagement is, it takes time to healdivisions that run as deep as those…