Auxiliary Bishop of Guinea-Bissau’s Bissau Diocese Appointed Local Ordinary

Bishop José Lampra Cà, appointed Bishop of Guinea-Bissau's Diocese of Bissau. Credit: Vatican Media

The Auxiliary Bishop of Guinea-Bissau who has been serving at the Apostolic Administrator of the same Episcopal See has been appointed the Local Ordinary of the Catholic Diocese that is headquartered in the capital city of the West African nation.

The appointment of Bishop José Lampra Cà was made public by the Holy See Press Office Friday, December 10.

Bishop Lampra Cà who had been serving as Auxiliary Bishop since his Episcopal Ordination in November 2011 is expected to succeed Bishop José Câmnate na Bissign, the first native Bishop in the two-Diocese nation of Guinea-Bissau.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Bishop Câmnate Na Bissign on 11 July 2020, the same day he appointed Bishop Lampra Cà the Apostolic Administrator of Bissau.

Bishop Câmnate na Bissign resigned at the age of 67 reportedly due to “health reasons, which would make it difficult to fully comply with the administrative commitments of the office of Bishop of Bissau.”


Born in January 1964, Bishop Lampra Cà was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Bissau in December 1997.

The alumnus of the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome where he obtained a doctorate in Philosophy took a one-year training course for teachers at the Rome-based Salesian Pontifical University from 2005 to 2006.

Before he was appointed a Bishop, the Bissau-Guinean Prelate had served in various positions among them Parish Priest, Spiritual Director of the Franciscan Seminary, National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS), Rector of the Minor Seminary in the Diocese of Bissau, and Professor of Philosophy at the Major Seminary of Bissau.

Once he is installed, Bishop Lampra Cà will serve as the second Local Ordinary of the Diocese that was erected in September 1940. 

The 11,495 square-kilometer Bissau-Guinean Diocese has a population of 172,575 Catholics according to 2018 statistics. 

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In October, Bishop Lampra Cà expressed his concern about corruption in Guinea-Bissau saying, “We have many things we could be happy with, but mismanagement of resources is the problem.”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.