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[Nairobi, CPJ] - South Sudanese authorities should immediately launch an independent, thorough investigation into the abduction and beating of journalist Joseph Afandi and punish those responsible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Colleagues found Afandi dumped near a graveyard in Juba today, beaten and bearing marks of torture, according to press accounts.

[Kigali, Rwanda, By James Karuhanga, TNT], The decision to admit South Sudan as the sixth member of the East African Community is one of the most “historic” by the EAC Heads of State Summit, Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, the minister for EAC affairs has said.

[Rome, RR] Pope Francis met with bishops from Sudan and South Sudan. The latter is the youngest country in the world, proclaiming its independence in 2011.

One by one, the Pope greeted each bishop. They were accompanied by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who thanked the Pope during the encounter.

They spoke about a wide variety of topics at the meeting: peace, poverty, and vocations in each country. South Sudan has been in civil war for the last two years, and the violence has created more than a million refugees and internally displaced people.

Afterward, Pope Francis gave them a written message and made sure that all the bishops had it.

"Who will take it to the sick?”

The apostolic nuncios in both countries joined the meeting, which finished with a traditional group photo. The bishops also invited the Pope to visit both countries.

[Mombasa Kenya, by PSCU] President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Amb. Lt. Gen. Augostino S.K. Njoroge (Rtd) as Vice Chairperson to the Joint Monitory and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) on the implementation of the South Sudanese Peace Agreement.

[By CHristianheadlines] Christian persecution is widespread and, according to the magazine Crux, is only increasing in many places.

By Primates 2016

[Yei,South Sudan, TCT] Yei - Rainbow FC girls’ football beat their City Stars FC counterpart to win the football trophy in Yei River State. The colorful game was played at Yei freedom square attended by thousands of fans including officials from state government and nongovernmental organizations in the town.

MTN South Sudan, which is part of MTN Group, the largest telecommunications company in Africa, has expanded its investment policies to uplift sports standards in South Sudan.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] A nation’s progress is based not on the natural resources it has but on critical mass of educated populace that have the knowhow to convert available resources into useable and profitable products.

[Wau, South Sudan, RT] Broadcasts of the Catholic Radio Voice of Hope in Wau of South Sudan's Western Bahr el Ghazal State have been disrupted following demands from the staff to increase their salaries.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] In a meeting presided over by the Chairperson of Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission [JMEC], former President of Botswana Festus G. Mogae on Thursday, the parties to conflict in South Sudan, the Government of South Sudan, SPLM-IO, SPLM-FDs, and other Political parties have finally selected ministerial portfolios as part of the formation of South Sudan Transitional Government of National Unity.

[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] The Archbishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan (ECSS&S), Daniel Deng Bul Yak in a live televised event on January 3 2016 has consecrated Rev. Canon Precious Omuku as bishop in his province bringing a total number of ECSS& S bishops to over 50.

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[New Delhi, TCT]  Leading IT training institute Koenig Solutions has introduced a new Platinum Series of exclusive and highly specialized IT training programs to its already wide range of IT training and certification programs to help equip its corporate clients with high-end technical skills. The Platinum series was launched in a gala event at Oberoi, Bangalore in the presence of over 100+ IT Partners and esteemed customers on 12th February, 2016.

[Juba, South Sudan, RT] The United States government today announced a $6 million program over two and a half years to support the South Sudan Council of Churches as it engages communities in grassroots reconciliation.

[Yei, South Sudan, TCT] Anglican bishop Hillary Luate Adeba of the Diocese of Yei, Episcopal Church of South Sudan and Sudan pleaded to the three newly appointed governors of states of Jubek, Terekeka and Yei River, asking them to first the need of South Sudanese citizens.

[ACNS] The Archbishop of Congo, the Most Revd Henri Isingoma, has stepped down, the Province de L'Eglise Anglicane Du Congo (Anglican Church of Congo) announced today. Archbishop Henri, who is also Bishop of Kinshasa, has taken the decision to have a health improvement break and return to theological academia.