Diocesan Caritas Director in CAR Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese

Mons. Aurelio Gazzero, appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese on 23 February 2024. Credit: Lanoca

The Director of Caritas in the Catholic Diocese of Bouar in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) has been appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Bangassou Diocese, which is under the pastoral care of 69-year-old Bishop Juan-José Aguirre Muñoz.

The Holy See Press Office published Pope Francis’ appointment of Mons. Aurelio Gazzero on Friday, February 23.

Born in May 1964 in Cuneo, Italy, Mons. Gazzero entered the Minor Seminary of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD) of Arenzano in 1974; in 1979 he made his first profession in the same Religious Order, as a member of the OCD Province of Genoa.

After seven years of initial formation, including one year in CAR OCD Delegation, he made his perpetual profession in October 1986.

The Bishop-elect was ordained a Priest in May 1989 after completing his philosophical and theological studies at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy-Genoa Section.


As a Priest, he has served in various capacities, including assistant at the Minor Seminary of Yole; Director of the first cycle of the same Minor Seminary; and the Parish Priest of San Michele di Bozoum.

Mons. Gazzero also served as CAR OCD Superior; in charge of the Christians of the savannah villages; and Director of the Baoro Mechanical School, among other responsibilities.

When consecrated Bishop, Mons. Gazzero is to assist 69-year-old Bishop Aguirre Muñoz, who started his Episcopal Ministry in Bangassou Diocese, first as Coadjutor Bishop in May 1998, and later, on 21 December 2000, succeeded Bishop Antoine Marie Maanicus upon his passing on. 

With the right to succeed Bishop Aguirre Muñoz, the Coadjutor Bishop-elect is to serve as the immediate collaborator of the Spanish-born member of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ) in the Diocese that measures 134,284 square-kilometer with a population of 82500 Catholics representing 14.2 percent of the total population, according to the 2020 statistics.

Erected in June 1954 as the Vicariate Apostolic of Bangui before being elevated to a Diocese in February 1964, Bangassou Diocese is part of the Ecclesiastical province of Bangui.

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Silas Mwale Isenjia is a Kenyan journalist with a great zeal and interest for Catholic Church related communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communication from Moi University in Kenya. Silas has vast experience in the Media production industry. He currently works as a Journalist for ACI Africa.