Bafia, 14 May, 2020 / 1:06 am (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis on Wednesday, May 13 appointed two Auxiliary Bishops as Local Ordinaries for dioceses in Africa, one for Tanzania’s Mpanda Diocese and another for the Diocese of Bafia in the Central African nation of Cameroon.
With the May 13 appointment, Bishop Eusebius Alfred Nzigilwa who has been the Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, is expected to move to Mpanda Diocese, located in the Katavi region of the East African nation.
Bishop Eusebius will be taking over from his agemate, 53-year-old Archbishop Gervas John Nyaisonga who became the Local Ordinary of Tanzania’s Mbeya Archdiocese in December 2018.
A Clergy of the Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam, Bishop Eusebius was ordained a priest in June 1995 and held a variety of pastoral and administrative roles in the Archdiocese before his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in January 2010.
Established in October 2000, the diocese of Mpanda measures 46,346 Square kilometers and has a population of 609,327, with 329,622 of this population being Catholics.