Vicar General of Huambo Archdiocese in Angola Appointed Catholic Bishop for Country’s Kwito-Bié Diocese

Mons. Vicente Sanombo, appointed Local Ordinary of the Angola's Kwito-Bié Diocese on 28 March 2024. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis has appointed Mons. Vicente Sanombo the Local Ordinary of the Southern African nation’s Kwito-Bié Diocese.

The appointment of Mons. Sanombo, who has been serving as Vicar General of Angola’s Huambo Archdiocese, to the pastoral care of the people of God in Kwito-Bié Diocese was published by the Holy See Press Office on Thursday, March 28.

Kwito-Bié Diocese has been vacant since October 2022 following the death of Bishop José Nambi, who had served the Diocese from March 1996. He died at the age of 73.

Born in October 1964 in Cangenge, Angola, Mons. Sanombo was ordained a Priest for Huambo Archdiocese in November 1992.

As a Priest, the Bishop-elect has served in various capacities, including Bursar, Rector of Seminaries, and head of the Good Shepherd Pastoral Centre, among other pastoral duties. 


Since 2004, he has served as lecturer in Sacred Scripture at the Christ the King Major Seminary of Huambo.

The holder of a licentiate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome has also been at the helm of Our Lady of Conception Cathedral of Huambo Archdiocese.

Since 2010, he has been serving as Vicar General, with roles at the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST).

Once ordained Bishop, Mons. Sanombo is to be at the helm of the Angolan Diocese that has a population of 1,630,155 Catholics, according to 2021 statistics

The 73,025 square-kilometer Catholic Diocese of Kwito-Bié was erected in September 1940 as the Diocese of Silva Porto on territory separated from the Diocese of São Paulo de Loanda. In May 1979, it was renamed the Catholic Diocese of Kwito-Bié.

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