Lisala, 15 February, 2021 / 5:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has appointed the Secretary of the Episcopal Commission for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments of the Bishops’ Conference of the Democratic Republic of Congo (CENCO) as the Local Ordinary of the country’s Lisala Diocese.
The appointment of Msgr. Joseph-Bernard Likolo Bokal'Etumba was announced Monday, February 15 and published by the Holy See Press Office.
The Congolese Diocese of Lisala fell vacant on 23 November 2019 following the Papal transfer of Bishop Ernest Ngboko Ngombe to DRC’s Archdiocese of Mbandaka-Bikoro.
Since his transfer, the 56-year-old Archbishop Ngombe who is a member of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM) has been the Apostolic Administrator of Lisala Diocese.
Born in 1967, the Bishop-elect was ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in May 1999.