Mindelo, 09 June, 2021 / 7:30 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Church leaders in Cape Verde have denounced as an impostor a man claiming to be a bishop and heading a delegation that is lobbying for the release of Venezuelan businessman, Álex Saab.
Last week, an international delegation arrived in Cape Verde seeking to meet authorities in the country in view securing the release of Mr. Saab, Telesurenglish reported.
“The delegation headed by Filipe Teixeira, a citizen of Cape Verde, claiming to be a (Catholic) ‘bishop’ has nothing to do with the Roman Catholic Church,” Bishop Ildo Lopes Fortes of Cape Verde’s Mindelo Diocese in Monday, June 7 statement.
Making reference to Mr. Teixeira leading the delegation that arrived on June 3, Bishop Fortes adds, “Neither I nor Cardinal Arlindo have any knowledge of this strange mission.”
“This so-called religious leader is a citizen who usurps the title of bishop and the vestments he wears,” Bishop Fortes further says in reference to Mr. Teixeira, and reveals, “This individual attended the Capuchin seminary in Luanda and Boston and was always expelled. He did not receive any Holy Order, he was not ordained Deacon, Priest or Bishop.”