Pointe-Noire, 02 June, 2020 / 4:40 am (ACI Africa).
Over the weekend, Pope Francis elevated the dioceses of Pointe-Noire and Owando in Congo-Brazzaville to Archdioceses, appointing Bishop Miguel Ángel Olaverri Arroniz and Bishop Victor Abagna Mossa as their first Metropolitan Archbishops respectively.
In the Saturday, May 30 decisions involving the Church in Africa published by the Holy See Press Office, the Holy Father also appointed Fr. Michael Kalu Ukpong as the Auxiliary Bishop of Nigeria’s Umuahia Diocese.
The newly created Metropolitan Archdiocese of Pointe-Noire together with the dioceses of Dolisie and Nkayi will make up the Ecclesiastical Province of the South-West, the Vatican reported.
The Metropolitan Archbishop-elect, Miguel Ángel who is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) has been the Local Ordinary of Pointe-Noire since April 2013. The 72-year-old Prelate, a native of Spain, had served as the Apostolic Administrator of the same See since March 2011.
Established in October 1890 as Apostolic Vicariate of Lower French Congo from the Apostolic Vicariate of French Congo, Pointe-Noire, which measures 14,644 square kilometres was erected a diocese in September 1955.