Johannesburg, 20 November, 2019 / 9:56 am (ACI Africa).
One of the recent news from the Holy See related to the Church in Africa has been Pope Francis’ appointment of Ugandan-born Monsignor Joseph Kizito as Bishop of South Africa’s Aliwal North diocese, with his ordination slated to take place on February 15, 2020.
In an interview with ACI Africa Tuesday, November 19, the Bishop-elect has described his appointment to shepherd the people of God away from his ancestral land as the Church’s fulfillment of what the Lord Jesus commanded and that he is a Ugandan “in the family of the Catholic people in South Africa.”
“It makes me proud that the Church is fulfilling its teaching, the mandate of Jesus Christ saying you are baptized and sent,” Mons. Kizito told ACI Africa and explained, “Jesus said, baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (and) go out. So, it is the Church saying go out. We are living the great commandment of God of going out to the whole world.”
He viewed his appointment as part of the realization of the acknowledgement, which Pope Paul VI made in July 1969 during his pastoral visit to Africa, the first-ever Papal trip to the continent.
“It is what Pope Saint Paul VI said … the time has come for Africans to be missionary to ourselves,” 52-year-old Bishop-elect said referencing his being appointed in an African jurisdiction.