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Pope Francis Appoints Apostolic Administrator for Tanzania’s Njombe Diocese

Bishop John Chrisostom Ndimbo of Tanzania’s Diocese of Mbinga who has been appointed as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Njombe.

Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Tanzania’s Mbinga Diocese as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Njombe which fell vacant following the passing on of Bishop Alfred Leonhard Malume on April 6.

Archbishop Damian Dallu of Tanzania’s Songea Archdiocese announced the Papal appointment of Bishop John Chrisostom Ndimbo on Tuesday, April 13 during the Funeral Mass of the late Bishop Alfred Leonhard Maluma.

“On April 6, 2021, the Holy Father appointed Bishop John Ndimbo of Mbinga as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Njombe,” Archbishop Dallu said during the Eucharistic celebration that took place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Njombe Diocese. 

Bishop Ndimbo will temporarily administer the episcopal see, which lies within the Ecclesiastical Province of Songea “until a time when the Holy Father will appoint a Bishop for this Diocese”, Archbishop Dallu announced.  

Bishop Ndimbo whose Diocese is also part of the ecclesiastical Province of Songea, “is aware of what we are doing in this metropolitan Archdiocese and we hope that things go well,” Archbishop Dallu added.

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Born in October 1960 in the Archdiocese of Songea, Bishop Ndimbo was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Mbinga in June 1989. 

In March 2011, he was appointed a Bishop. As the second Local Ordinary of Mbinga, he, in June 2011, succeeded Bishop Emmanuel Mapunda who had retired at the age of 75.

Bishop Maluma who succumbed to a cardiac arrest on April 6 at Tanzania’s Muhimbili National Referral Hospital where he was receiving treatment after having been involved in a road accident on March 28 had been at the helm of Njombe Diocese since September 2002.

He succeeded the late Bishop Raymond Mwanyika who had resigned in June 2002 aged 72.

Bishop Maluma was laid to rest on April 13 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral of Njombe Diocese.

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Bishop Ndimbo will temporarily oversee the Diocese that has a population of 265,146 Catholics and covers 20,860 square kilometres, according to the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC).