“We pray that God may have this untiring Servant of His (Mons. Benedicto Roberto) in His glory and that the Holy Spirit may comfort all of us who remain orphans, especially spiritual ones,” says Luciano.
For the leadership of the Paulines in Angola, “Life has several mysteries, and the greatest of them is death. We can never understand why a loved one has to leave.”
“The pain we feel is immeasurable. At this time there is no word that can be said that is able to comfort our hearts. Rest in Peace Archbishop Benedito Roberto,” the leadership of the Paulines in mourns the late Spiritan Archbishop.
On his part, the President of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Adalberto Costa Junior, learnt “with a deep feeling of sorrow” the passing of the Archbishop.
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“He was a servant committed to the country and to its people, having left very strong marks of a very significant priesthood and pastoral care,” adds the President of UNITA.
Adalberto further says, “At this time of great pain, I express, on my own behalf and on behalf of the members and friends of UNITA, our deepest condolences to the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé (CEAST), to the Clergy and faithful of the Archdiocese of Malanje.”
In May, the late Archbishop mourned Bishop emeritus Oscar Braga of Angola’s Benguela Diocese saying, “It is a very big loss for me and for everyone.”
Archbishop Roberto had gone on to recall his first meeting with Bishop Braga.
“I met Bishop Oscar then priest, in 1971, when he was placed in the catholic mission as the brother responsible for carpentry, metalwork and a little bit of typography workshops; we were friends and we worked together,” the late Archbishop said in May following the death of Bishop Braga.
Funeral arrangements for the late Archbishop Roberto are ongoing, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Malanje, Fr. Alfredo Ramos Gomes announced in the November 9 statement.
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.