• Pope to Give Concluding Address at South Sudan Spiritual Retreat in Vatican

    Pope Francis exchanges gifts with South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit during a private audience at the Vatican, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, Pool.)

    Alessandro Gisotti Issues Statement on April 10-11 Encounter in the Vatican With the African Country’s Civil and Church Leadership

    By Deborah Castellano Lubov 

    Pope Francis will address top South Sudanese civil and church authorities in the Vatican.

    Alessandro Gisotti, Director of the Holy See Press Office, stated this in a statement he issued today, April 9, about the spiritual retreat in the Vatican, April 10-11, in which the highest civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan will participate. The Pontiff, he said, will give a closing address on Thursday afternoon.

  • Pope’s Message for World Mission Day 2019: Reviving missionary awareness and commitment

    'This missionary mandate touches us personally: I am a mission, always; you are a mission, always; every baptized man and woman is a mission'

    By Mwelu A. Makunu, JCAM Communications

    In this year’s World Mission Sunday the Holy Father called on all Catholics and the Church to revive missionary awareness and commitment. A message released by Vatican on Pentecost Sunday, Pope Francis writes about the importance of renewing the Church’s missionary commitment and giving fresh evangelical impulses to her work, preaching and bringing to the world the salvation of Jesus Christ. The World Missionary Sunday falls on the penultimate Sunday of October every year. It will be observed on October 20, this year, with the theme "Baptized and Sent: The Church of Christ on Mission in the World."

  • Spiritual retreat with South Sudan leaders in Vatican: time to choose life

    Pope Francis meets South Sudan's President Salva Kiir in March 2019  (Vatican Media)

    A Spiritual Retreat involving civil and ecclesiastical authorities of South Sudan is held in the Vatican, and is opened by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Reflections include a meditation centered on the national anthem of Africa’s youngest country.


    By Giada Aquilino, Vatican News

    A time of grace dedicated to reflection and prayer, to ask God "for a future of peace and prosperity for the people of South Sudan".