Constantine, 11 December, 2019 / 12:10 am (ACI Africa).
The newly appointed Bishop for the diocese of Constantine in Algeria, French-born Monsignor Nicolas Lhernould has expressed hope for being accorded the warm welcome of hospitality by the people of God in his new jurisdiction soon after the Holy Father’s decision was made public Monday, December 9.
“I am happy to meet brothers and sisters that I already know for some and others that I will discover when I get there and especially to let myself be welcomed in a country that I do not yet know but which is very close to Tunisia,” Mons. Lhernould told France-based Catholic Radio RCF in an interview Monday.
“I believe that the first grace that we live here in Maghreb countries is letting ourselves be welcomed. Hospitality is a very strong value in our countries and a particular grace for us pastors,” the 44-year-old Bishop-elect who has been serving as Vicar General of Tunisia’s Tunis Archdiocese added.
In Constantine, Mons. Lhernould, ordained a priest in May 2004 for Tunis Archdiocese, will be succeeding Archbishop Paul Desfarges who was transferred to the Archdiocese of Algiers in December 2016.
With minority Catholic presence in a predominantly Muslim region, the historically and symbolically important diocese of Constantine has six parishes, some ten priests serving a total of about 1,500 faithful.