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Christianity & Churches

Christianity in South Sudan

Christianity is the predominant religion in South Sudan, with a significant majority of the population identifying as Christians. The introduction of Christianity in South Sudan dates back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries through the efforts of missionaries and various Christian denominations.

Christians in South Sudan


Christianity in South Sudan comprises various denominations, with Catholicism and different Protestant denominations being the most prevalent. These include Anglicans, Presbyterians, Baptists, Pentecostals, and others.

Cultural Influence

Christianity has had a profound impact on the cultural, social, and educational landscape of South Sudan. Missionaries played a significant role not only in spreading religious teachings but also in establishing schools, hospitals, and other institutions that continue to function within the country.

Religious Practices

Christian worship, including church services, prayer meetings, and religious ceremonies, is an integral part of the lives of many South Sudanese Christians. These practices often incorporate traditional elements and local languages.


Christian communities and institutions have contributed to education, healthcare, social services, and community development in South Sudan. Missionary initiatives and local churches have played roles in providing essential services, especially in areas with limited government infrastructure.

Unity and Diversity

While Christianity is the dominant religion, there is diversity within Christian denominations and practices. Different groups within Christianity coexist, each with its distinct traditions and beliefs.

Tolerance and Coexistence

South Sudan’s transitional constitution guarantees religious freedom, allowing Christians and followers of other faiths to practice their religion without discrimination. Despite occasional tensions along ethnic and political lines, religious differences have not always been a primary cause of conflict.