Maputo, 25 April, 2023 / 9:24 pm (ACI Africa).
The representative of the Holy Father in Mozambique has urged the new Auxiliary Bishop of the country’s Catholic Archdiocese of Maputo to look out for lost sheep in the example of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd.
As a priority task, “a Bishop is to approach the Church, to walk with her, to live a sharing experience, including a bond of communion with his Diocesan Bishop,” Archbishop Piergiorgio Bertoldi said in his homily on Sunday, April 23, during the Episcopal Ordination of Mons. Tonito Francisco Xavier Muananoua.
“Be a good shepherd, the one who leaves ninety-nine sheep and goes after one that has disappeared,” Archbishop Bertoldi said during the celebration that was held at Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral of Maputo Archdiocese.
The Apostolic Nuncio added, “It is the Bishop who, like Jesus, must work within that Church to which the spirit sent him.”
“It is not the power of our means, our virtues and our abilities that brings about the Kingdom of God,” he further said, adding that God’s Kingdom is realized by “God who works wonders, precisely through our weaknesses, our inadequacy to the task.”