The late Archbishop, a member of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) was ordained a Priest in September 1972. He was at the helm of the Salesians of Central Africa Province between 1990 and 1993.
He was appointed Bishop of Kilwa-Kasenga Diocese by St. Pope John Paul II in October 1992 and ordained a Bishop in January 1993.
In 2002, the native of DRC’s Panda-Likasi was transferred to Uvira Diocese.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI appointed him Coadjutor Archbishop of Lubumbashi in 2008. He has been at the helm of the Congolese Archdiocese since December 2010.
Last year, the late Archbishop expressed concerns over persistent insecurity in DRC saying attacks on the people of God in his Ecclesiastical jurisdiction had reached “unspeakable” levels.
“The population of the city of Lubumbashi is experiencing a daily increase in insecurity that has reached a level that is unspeakable,” Archbishop Tafunga said last May.
He explained, “Not a night goes by without us learning that rapes, robberies, killings and vandalisms are taking place, mainly on the outskirts of the city where modest populations live.”
The late Archbishop had recommended that the country’s security personnel do everything to prevent possible future insecurities saying, “We ask our authorities to redouble their efforts to bring security and peace back to our homes, for peace is the new name for development.”
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.
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