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Pope to confirm Stephen Ameyu as cardinal on Saturday

Author: Emmanuel J. Akile | Published: Friday, September 29, 2023

Cardinal-elect and Archbishop Stephen Ameyu (File photo)

Pope Francis is expected to install His Grace Stephen Ameyu Martin, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Juba to the rank of cardinal along with 20 other bishops on September 30, 2023.

The schedule for the creation of the new cardinals from around the world, known as consistory, will be held in the Vatican.

It will be the pontiff’s ninth event called by the pope since his election 10 years ago as the first from Latin America.

86-year-old Francis announced the installation ceremony during his Sunday prayer to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square on September 9, 2023.

Stephen Ameyu along with other Cardinals will serve as the Pope’s advisors and are responsible for electing his replacement should the pontiff pass away or resign.

He will be the first Cardinal in South Sudan since the country gained independence from Sudan in July 2011.

Ameyu however, is the second South Sudanese cardinal after Gabriel Zubeir Wako who was elevated to the rank of Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church in 2003.

Ameyu will be installed along other 20 bishops who come from countries including the United States, Italy, Argentina, Switzerland, South Africa, Spain, Colombia, Hong Kong, Poland, Malaysia, Tanzania, and Portugal.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin Mulla was born in Ido, Eastern Equatoria state on 10 January 1964.

He received priestly ordination on 21 April 1991 for the diocese of Torit.

After carrying out pastoral work in Khartoum, he pursued a doctorate at the Pontifical Urban University from 1993 to 1997, obtaining a doctorate in dogmatic theology.

The title of his thesis was Toward Religious Dialogue and Reconciliation in Sudan.

He then taught at the seminary of Juba, eventually becoming its rector.

Pope Francis appointed him Bishop of Torit on 3 January 2019, a diocese which had remained vacant for 5 years after the death of Bishop Mutek in 2013.

On 12 December 2019, Pope Francis appointed him archbishop of Juba and he was installed on 22 March 2020.

He remained Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Torit.

Ameyu was Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Wau from 21 September 2020 to 24 January 2021.

Delegates from South Sudan have reportedly arrived in Vatican to witness the installation of Archbishop Stephen Ameyu.

Among the delegates are the speaker of parliament, Jemma Nunu Kumba, minister of public service, Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro, Juba County Commissioner, Charles Joseph, Cardinal Gabriel Zubeir Wako, former Presidential Advisor on Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Juma Said, religious leaders and members of the clergy.

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