He continued, “The people of Gurué want a Shepherd who encourages them and who knows how to read the signs of time, who is in front to guide them, in the middle to support the weak, and behind to have a vision of his flock.”
“I hope the people of God in Gurué will not fail to care for me as they cared for other Bishops who have passed through there,” Bishop Mwita went on to say.
He expressed his appreciation to members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) and recalled the guidance he received from the Bishop of Xai-Xai who doubles as the President of CEM saying, “I received from him excellent orientations and proposals as the Rector of Saint Pius X Seminary.”
Among those who participated in the solemn event included Archbishop Pergiorgio Bertoldi, Apostolic Nuncio in Mozambique, over 10 Catholic Bishops, Members of Government including the Governor of Zambezia Province who represented the Head of State, as well as members of the Clergy, Religious, and a limited number of Christians in line with COVID-19 restrictions.
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In their collective message, members of the Diocesan Clergy of Gurué thanked Pope Francis for giving them a shepherd saying, “Our gratitude goes to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, who, looking at the needs of this diocesan family, has provided us with a new Bishop.”
“We want to manifest to Bishop Inácio, from now on, our welcome and our entire availability to collaborate with you, faithful to what the Spirit suggests to us for the growth of the people of God in Gurúè,” the members of the Clergy added.
Speaking on behalf of members of CEM, Bishop Lucio Andrice Muandula welcomed the new Bishop in their Episcopal Conference saying, “It is with great joy that the members of the Bishops' Conference welcome you as a member ... to be a Bishop means to be a pastor not only of the Diocese entrusted to you but for the whole world.”
“We come from almost every Diocese in the country,” Bishop Muandula said, and added addressing himself to Bishop Mwita, “Do not hesitate to ask for help from one of the Bishops.”
Gurué was erected as a Diocese from the episcopal see of Quelimane in December 1993.
Samuel Antonio and Teodoro Antonio De Abreu in Mozambique contributed to this news report
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.