Catholic Archbishop Decries “inhuman” Trends in Angolan Society, Urges Compassion

Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saurimo in Angola. Credit: Vatican Media

Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba of the Catholic Archdiocese of Saurimo in Angola has bemoaned the fostering of “inhuman” tendencies in the Southern African nation.

In his February 25 homily at Holy Spirit Parish of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese en route from participating in the Episcopal Ordination of the Archbishop of Pointe-Noire in Congo Brazzaville, Archbishop Imbamba highlighted some of the inhuman tendencies in Angola, and urged the practice of compassion after the example of Jesus Christ. 

“Our society is making tremendous efforts to make us inhuman. This society is making efforts to elevate us to animalistic levels, to the state of indifference,” he lamented, and added, “We are not moved by our brother's suffering.”

The Angolan society, the Local Ordinary of Saurimo Archdiocese, who doubles as the President of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST) said, is no longer concerned about the “thriving of injustice, oppression, hatred, resentment and envy.”

It is a society “that values demerit, that values vice, that values everything that doesn't humanize us,” the Angolan Catholic Archbishop lamented, adding that he finds it regrettable that Angolans are not concerned about the fostering of vices.


God calls everyone to live and bear witness to the common good, he said, and called upon Christians “not to lose heart on the divine path, even in the face of the contrary winds of life, and to follow in the footsteps of the disciple of Jesus Christ.”

“We are invited to be other Peters, other James, other Johns, other Matthews, other apostles, to propose the love that Jesus Christ offers us,” he emphasized. 

The 59-year-old Angolan Archbishop, who started his Episcopal Ministry in December 2008 went on to underscore the need for genuine and authentic love that is modeled after Jesus Christ, who gave Himself up for the salvation of God’s people.

He said, “It's not just any love; it's not the love of instincts; it's not the love of pleasure; it's not the love of things; it's the love of giving. It is our life that must be given; it is our life that must be fought for noble causes.” 

The causes to be fought for, Archbishop Imbamba continued, should “lead us to be authentic people, authentic Christians; Christians capable of saying yes to God in all circumstances; Christians capable of embellishing this chaotic social state in which we are living.”

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João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.