Catholic Church in South Sudan

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The Catholic Church in South Sudan is composed of one ecclesiastical province with one archdiocese and six suffragan dioceses. The bishops of South Sudan and Sudan are currently members of one single bishops' conference, designated as Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, the Catholic Church was the largest single Christian body in Sudan since 1995, with 2.7 million Catholics mainly concentrated in South Sudan.[1]

According to the most recent figures of the Annuario Pontificio, 37.2% of the population is Catholic, with about 6.2 million Catholics out of a total population of 16.7 million.

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit is a Catholic.

The patron saint is Bakhita.

Overview of Catholic dioceses in Sudan and South Sudan: Sudan: 1 Diocese of El Obeid 2 Archdiocese of Khartoum
South Sudan: 3 Diocese of Wau 4 Diocese of Rumbek 5 Diocese of Malakal 6 Diocese of Tombura-Yambio 7 Diocese of Yei 8 Archdiocese of Juba 9 Diocese of Torit

List of dioceses[edit]

Ecclesiastical Province of Juba[edit]

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  1. ^ World Christian Encyclopedia, eds. David Barrett, Geo. Kurian, Todd Johnson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001), pp 699, 700