Posts Tagged ‘South Sudan’

Shot bishop-elect meets pope

Thursday, March 17th, 2022

On Monday, Pope Francis met the South Sudan bishop-elect who was shot in the legs last April shortly after his nomination to lead Rumbek diocese. Bishop-elect Christian Carlassare (44) had a private meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday. Carlassare’s episcopal consecration is scheduled for March 25. It was deferred after the shooting, Read more

Bishop appointed in South Sudan diocese after nearly 10 years vacancy

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

Father Christian Carlassare was appointed Bishop of Rumbek, South Sudan, on Monday, nearly 10 years since the death of the diocese’s last bishop. He described his appointment as an illustration of “the God of surprises.” In a message to ACI Africa, Fr. Carlassare said he welcomed his episcopal appointment in a “spirit of faith” even Read more

Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury to visit South Sudan together

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

November 13, at the Vatican, Pope Francis received His Grace, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. During the cordial talks, the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Canterbury agreed that, if the political situation in the country should allow the establishment of a transitional government of national unity in the next 100 days, at the Read more

Pope Francis kisses feet of South Sudan’s leaders in bid for peace

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Pope Francis knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders urging them to respect the armistice they signed and to commit to forming a unified government next month. “I am asking you as a brother to stay in peace. I am asking you with my heart, let us go forward. There will Read more

Archbishop of Canterbury leads Vatican spiritual retreat with Pope

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, led a spiritual retreat for South Sudan’s leaders at the Vatican this week. The “unprecedented” spiritual retreat, which finished yesterday, was described by Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti as a “propitious occasion for reflection and prayer”. He says it offered “an occasion for encounter and reconciliation, in Read more

Missionary sister receives International Women of Courage award

Monday, March 11th, 2019

An Irish Loreto sister is one of this year’s International Women of Courage awards’ recipients. In announcing the awards last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sr Orla Treacy’s work “has become a beacon of hope for girls who might otherwise be denied education and forced to enter early marriages”. Treacy received the Read more

Sudan’s Catholic leaders hopeful of lasting ceasefire

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Sudan’s Catholic leaders are hopeful the country’s almost five-year civil war is at an end. A ceasefire has been declared by South Sudan officials and rebel leaders. While Bishop Barani Hiiboro, president of the Sudan and South Sudan Catholic Bishop’s Conference, welcomed the ceasefire he says: “if it is to mean anything for the suffering Read more

Stone soup for hungry children

Thursday, April 26th, 2018
Feed the hungry

Do you remember the childhood story Stone Soup? It’s an old folk tale about a couple of hungry travelers who creatively entice hesitant villagers to fill their large cooking pot with delicious soup ingredients. After the initial refusal of the villagers to feed the hungry travelers, the two men fill their pot with stream water, Read more

South Sudanese leaders – no peacemaking skills say bishops

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Catholic bishops in South Sudan say the country’s leaders need help with peacemaking. They say the killings in South Sudan must stop. In their view South Sudanese leaders do not know how to make peace, are confused, traumatised and fear peace. Their comments were made the same day Pope Francis designated for global prayers for Read more

Swapping honeymoon for South Sudan

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Amy, 28, and 31-year-old Travis Nilsson got married in January last year and spent the first six months of their marriage in Sudan, the landlocked country in East-Central Africa. And when the Tauranga couple returned home they could not continue living their “comfortable lives” and decided to leave their house, jobs and family to return Read more