South Sudan bishop: ‘Did our martyrs die in vain?’

[Anglican Communion News Service] An Anglican bishop has challenged the people of South Sudan and its leaders not to dishonor the memory of national martyrs by fighting each other. Bishop of Wau Diocese in South Sudan, the Rt. Rev. Moses Deng Bol, stressed that for the young African nation to have a viable future there […]

South Sudanese Episcopalians unceasing in prayers for peace

[Episcopal News Service] Hundreds of South Sudanese Episcopalians united in prayers for peace at a two-day gathering held last week in Kenya’s Rift Valley. The group, many of them refugees of the decades-long civil war in Sudan or more recently displaced by a politically fueled conflict in the south, was led in prayer and fasting […]

WCC calls on Sudan president to protect Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag

[World Council of Churches press release] A court sentence in Sudan ordering flogging and the death penalty for Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag has prompted an expression of “profound concern” from Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), who has urged President Omar Hassan Ahmad Al-Bashir to “prevent the […]

Sudanese diaspora longs for lasting peace in homeland

Further ENS coverage on South Sudan, including recent video interviews with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, is available here. [Episcopal News Service] Almost three months have passed since Sudanese Angelina Rambang last heard from her husband. He’d been working with a bank in Juba, South Sudan, when fighting erupted […]

Video: Archbishop of Canterbury on the South Sudan crisis

'We must be battering at the gates of heaven in prayer'

[Episcopal News Service] “We must be battering at the gates of heaven in prayer” for South Sudan, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says during an interview with Episcopal News Service. During the past five months, South Sudan has faced its greatest challenge since becoming the world’s newest nation in July 2011, when it seceded from […]

South Sudan church expands aid amidst conflict

Episcopal Church in South Sudan & Sudan begins healing, reconciliation work

[Episcopal Relief & Development press release] Episcopal Relief & Development is strengthening the crisis response of the Episcopal Church in South Sudan & Sudan (ECSSS) by providing financial and technical assistance to its humanitarian arm, SUDRA (the Sudanese Development and Relief Agency).  Since February, SUDRA has provided food for 70,000 displaced people in the most […]

Video: Presiding Bishop calls the church to prayer for South Sudan

[Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has called the Episcopal Church to prayer and action for South Sudan. During the past five months, South Sudan has faced its greatest challenge since becoming the world’s newest nation in July 2011, when it seceded from the north in a referendum on independence following almost half […]

As South Sudan rivals agree truce, church plays pivotal role

[Episcopal News Service] South Sudan’s political rivals have struck a new peace deal to end the five-month conflict that has left thousands dead and forced some 1.5 million people to flee their homes. Archbishop Daniel Deng Bul of the Episcopal Church of Sudan and South Sudan departed early from a London meeting of the Anglican […]

Video: South Sudan in crisis

[Episcopal News Service] South Sudan is facing its greatest challenge since becoming an independent nation almost three years ago. Fighting erupted last December after South Sudan President Salva Kiir accused his sacked former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. But even as hope emerged on May 9 when the two rivals agreed to a […]

Church leaders to join talks between South Sudan’s Kiir and Machar

[World Council of Churches press release] Church leaders from South Sudan are arriving in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, all set to take part in the start of negotiations between South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar. The negotiations aim to find solutions for the world’s newest nation, reeling from violence since last […]