Catholic Bishop Advocates for Formal Education in Angola’s Rural Communities

Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese. Credit: Radio Ecclesia

Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Angola’s Cabinda Diocese is advocating for formal education in the Southern African nation’s rural communities to address the challenge of rural-urban migration.

In his homily during his pastoral visit St. Charles Lwanga Buku Zau Parish of his Episcopal See, Bishop Chissengueti said, “We need to provide primary and secondary schools in our rural communities, so that we can have young people in our villages.”

The rural-urban youth migration “removes creativity from the community and also creates underdevelopment, because no human space can develop without youth force," he said during his October 8 pastoral visit. 

The Angolan member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit under the protection of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CSSp.) also called the Spiritans or Holy Ghost Fathers urged for the creation of opportunities for youth employment.

“Once the conditions have been created for the training of young people in the communities, the conditions must be created for job opportunities,” he said, adding that having chances for employment will guarantee the retention of young people in their respective rural “communities, develop them and rejuvenate them.”


“For us Catholics, Christian education is an indispensable element, so that we can understand the basis of our faith, and not be deceived by the doctrines that we believe,” he further said.

The 54-year-old Spiritan Bishop who has been at the helm of Cabinda Diocese since his Episcopal Ordination in September 2018 continued, “When we learn from catechism, we look for natural and human events in the light of God.”

“Let us learn to be patient, to be merciful as the Father, forgiving even the most serious offenses and giving our brothers and sisters always and everywhere, a last new chance to be able to return to the friendship and affection (with God and with one another) that may have been lost,” Bishop Chissengueti said.

João Vissesse is an Angolan Journalist with a passion and rich experience in Catholic Church Communication and Media Apostolate.