Windhoek, 01 October, 2022 / 9:45 pm (ACI Africa).
The newly-elected leaders of the Inter-Regional Meeting of Bishops of Southern Africa (IMBISA) will seek to focus on young people and their involvement in the activities of the Church during their three-year mandate, the new President has told ACI Africa in an interview.
On September 26, delegates of the IMBISA 13th Plenary Assembly in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, elected Archbishop Liborius Ndumbukuti Nashenda as President of the regional Conference that brings together those at the helm of Catholic Dioceses in nine countries, including Angola, Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
To assist Archbishop Nashenda as Vice President of IMBISA is Archbishop José Manuel Imbamba who is the current President of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé.
Bishop Rudolf Nyandoro of Zimbabwe’s Gweru Diocese was elected IMBISA Secretary General at the conclusion of the September 22 to 27 Plenary Assembly that was organized under the theme, “Building forward together-Reimagining the Church’s Engagement with young people in the IMBISA Region in light of Pope Francis’ Exhortation, Christus Vivit”.
In an interview with ACI Africa, the newly-elected IMBISA President, Archbishop Nashenda reflected on the theme of their Plenary Assembly that was inspired by Christus Vivit, the March 2019 Post-Synodal Exhortation of Pope Francis to young people and to the entire people of God.