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Meeting of Pope Francis with the President of South Sudan

2015-11-28 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held a private 15-minute meeting with South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir on Friday, in Uganda’s statehouse. Fr. Federico Lombardi, the head of the Holy See Press Office, said “It was a private meeting.” South Sudan declared its independence from Sudan in 2011, and has suffered from a civil war since late 2013. The ...

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Wau Catholic Health Institute Graduates Nurses

Foto James Dimo

By James Deng Dimo WAU 24, November 2015 [Gurtong] - The Wau Catholic Health Institute in Western Bahr el Ghazal State on Tuesday graduated 19 students who successfully completed their 3 year nursing course. 25 November 2015 Graduates during the graduation ceremony held in Wau The government of Western Bahr el Ghazal State has assured the graduates of employment.James Ukello ...

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  11 October 2015 – Religious Leaders and Elders in Yambio have issued a mutual combined press statement to call for peace and calm in the region. Read below the full statement Mutual Combined Press Statement of call for calm in Western Equatoria State and Republic of South Sudan Yambio, October 7th 2015 We the Religious Leaders and Elders in Yambio ...

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Conflict : reasons for increasing Optimism

Displaced girl on bed in UN base

It was reported three days ago that the SPLA has begun assessing areas to move the army 25 kilometres outside Juba as stipulated in the peace agreement signed last month. The Chief of General Staff, Paul Malong and the head of the Presidential Guards, Marial Chanuong, with the help of a GPS company, have begun marking the coordinates of locations for ...

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Teacher Training Students and The book of forgiving by Desmond Tutu

The book of forgiving_

Sr Carmita Cabrera, MCC, who teaches CRE at the Teacher Training College in Yambio, Western Equatoria, used ‘the book of forgiveness’ by Bishop Desmond Tutu in her class and the students shared the message each week with the college community at the Friday assembly. The books came to South Sudan thanks to the generosity of some South Sudanese women in the USA who wanted the ...

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Let There Be Peace!

Praying for peace

The international community, set a dead-line of August 17 for the leaders of the rival, military factions in South Sudan to reach a peace agreement.  Since fighting erupted on December 15th, 2013, there have been four previous signed agreements, plus several other less formal attempts, that simply were not effective. Meanwhile, according to UN agency OCHA, 1,606,385 people have registered as ...

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South Sudan’s Independence day – 9 July

Battered flag still flying

The ninth of July is the anniversary of independence for South Sudan. Four years after the joyful celebrations, the people of South Sudan have little to celebrate in a general climate of uncertainty and violence. The government has issued new coins on this anniversary so that the local currency, the South Sudanese pound, can now be divided. However, it is likely that ...

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Church leaders condemn violence once again

Easter Mass for civilians living on UN base in South Sudan

Recently the horrors and atrocities reported in the local media describe unspeakable callousness and cruelty hard to comprehend. Political leaders have so far demonstrated disunity and indifference. Church leaders show a united resolve and steadfastness to reach lasting peace. The statement below was recently released from the South Sudan Council of Churches. In it, the Church Leaders from the major ...

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New Fighting in South Sudan

Displaced girl by fence inside UN base

In the past fortnight, fighting has broken out again in Malakal. Malakal, in the early months of the civil war, was devastated by alternate waves of rebel and government troops. For most of 2015, however, Malakal has been under government control. The population, however, has continued to be largely dispersed to the surrounding villages or under UN protection in the ...

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