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Kenyan Archbishop to be Installed, Auxiliary Bishop for Benguela in Angola Appointed

Archbishop Philip Anyolo (left) and Msgr. Estêvão Binga (right). Credit: Courtesy Photo

The installation of Archbishop Philip Anyolo as the Local Ordinary of Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese has been scheduled to take place Saturday, November 20. 

The event is expected to be held at St. Mary’s Msongari grounds, the venue that played host to Pope Francis in November 2015 during his meeting with women and men Religious and Clergy.

The Holy Father appointed Archbishop Anyolo as the Local Ordinary of the Kenyan Archdiocese on October 28. The Archdiocese that is headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, has been vacant since January when John Cardinal Njue retired at the age of 77.

Once installed, the 65-year-old Archbishop who has been at the helm of Kenya’s Kisumu Archdiocese since January 2019 is expected to serve as the fifth Local Ordinary of the 3,271 square kilometer Archdiocese with an estimated population of 3,829,700 Catholics, according to 2020 statistics.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has appointed an Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Benguela in the Southern African nation of Angola.

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The appointment of Msgr. Estêvão Binga who has been serving as Rector of the Major Seminary of Theology of Benguela was published by the Holy See Press Office Wednesday, November 3.

Born in Angola’s Lubango Archdiocese in September 1966, Msgr. Binga was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Benguela in April 1996. 

Prior to his ordination to the Priesthood, the Bishop-elect attended the Bom Pastor Seminary and the Cristo Rei Seminary in Huambo Diocese for his studies in Philosophy and Theology respectively.

He holds a bachelors, licentiate and doctorate degree in Dogmatic Theology from the Faculty of Theology of Northern Spain.

As a Priest, Msgr. Binga has served in various capacities including Prefect of discipline in the Preparatory Seminary in Benguela Diocese, collaborator in the Parish of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes and President of the Diocesan Commission for Study and Refresher Sessions and teacher in various institutions of higher learning. 

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Bishop-elect Binga has been assigned the titular see of Nasbinca.

Once ordained, the Bishop-elect is expected to assist Bishop António Francisco Jaca in shepherding the people of God in the 40,626 square kilometer Diocese that is part of the Metropolitan See of Huambo. 

The Angolan Diocese that was erected in June 1970 has a population of 1,865,770 Catholics, according to Catholic Hierarchy.