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[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

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.

An investment company in Yei has agreed to sponsor Yei Municipal Football Club through provision of the team’s requirements. The club was founded in 2004 by a group of committed players, and it plays in the first division.

[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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[Yambio, South Sudan, TCT] Neighboring country to South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo –DRC has received an influx of more than 7,000 refugees from South Sudanese who are fleeing violence from the state of Western Equatoria due to a conflict caused by the ‘Arrow Boys.’

[Canterbury, ACNS] Last week the Primates of the Anglican Communion gathered in Canterbury for a week of prayer and discussion. You might well have been following the events in the media. I want to share some thoughts of my own here about what took place last week – which was without doubt one of the most extraordinary weeks I have ever experienced.