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Angolan Archdiocese to Begin Monthly Adoration of Blessed Sacrament in Parishes ahead of Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year

22 Apr 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of the Catholic Archdiocese of Luanda has called for monthly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in all parishes as part of preparations for the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative follows Pope Francis' announcement of a Year of Prayer. Archbishop Dias emphasizes the importance of prayer in achieving holiness and encourages the faithful to engage in prayer to renew their connection with God, express gratitude, and foster solidarity. He also highlights the role of prayer in protecting creation and deepening spiritual life.

Catholic Bishops in War-Torn Mozambique Announce Prayers for Peace ahead of Church’s Jubilee Year 2025

21 Apr 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
Members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique (CEM) have dedicated the first Sunday of each month to prayers for peace in all dioceses ahead of the Church’s 2025 Jubilee Year. This initiative comes in response to the ongoing terrorism and armed insurgency in Mozambique, which has led to mass displacement and suffering, particularly in Cabo Delgado and Nampula provinces. The Catholic Bishops also renewed their call for transparency and integrity in the ongoing voter registration process, urging citizens to actively participate and adhere to electoral laws. The pastoral note was signed by CEM President, Archbishop Inácio Saúre.

Service in Angola, São Tomé “source of spiritual enrichment”: Outgoing Apostolic Nuncio

18 Apr 2024  |  ACI Africa
Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari reflected on his nearly four-year tenure as Apostolic Nuncio to Angola and São Tomé & Príncipe as a period of spiritual and human enrichment. He expressed gratitude for the experiences and encounters during his service and is set to continue his diplomatic work in Korea and Mongolia. Archbishop Gaspari's career has included various roles within the Holy See's diplomatic service, including assignments in Iran, Albania, Mexico, and Lithuania, as well as in the Vatican Secretariat of State. He has been involved in significant agreements between the Holy See and Angola and has shown appreciation for the contributions of religious men and women in the country.

Newly Consecrated Bishop for São Tomé and Príncipe Urged to Build His Ministry on Prayer “before the tabernacle”

18 Mar 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
The newly consecrated Bishop for the Diocese of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mons. João de Ceita Nazaré, has been urged to build his ministry on a life of prayer and self-sacrifice. During his Episcopal Ordination, Archbishop Giovanni Gaspari emphasized the importance of prayer and pastoral care, encouraging the new Bishop to lead by example. President Carlos Vila Nova expressed support for the new Bishop, highlighting the beginning of a new, serious stage for the Diocese. Bishop Nazaré, the first native Bishop of the Diocese, has a background in theology and Portuguese literature and has served in various roles within the Church.

Angolan Catholic Archbishop Urges Creation of “spaces” for Women in All Professions

13 Mar 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of Huambo Archdiocese in Angola calls for the creation of opportunities for women in all professions, except those requiring physical exertion. During a thanksgiving Mass marking the end of Women Week, he emphasized the importance of women in the Church and society, advocating for their equal participation alongside men in various roles. He highlighted the active and fruitful presence of women in the Church and their readiness to defend human dignity, family, and religion. The Archbishop stressed the Church's obligation to protect and honor women, recognizing their vital contributions.

Women “forced to hate motherhood, life”: Angolan Bishop on International Women’s Day

08 Mar 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
On International Women's Day, Bishop Dionísio Hisiilenapo of Namibe Diocese in Angola delivered a homily criticizing the modern world for forcing women to hate motherhood, life, and family. He described the societal pressures on women to conform to certain physical ideals and lamented the violence against women and their objectification. The Bishop called for reflection on the direction in which women are heading, emphasizing the extraordinary love of mothers.

Vastness, Sects, Multiple Languages among Challenges of Angola’s Sumbe Catholic Diocese

02 Mar 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Firmino David of the Catholic Diocese of Sumbe in Angola has outlined the primary challenges he faces, including the vastness of the diocese, the rise of Christian sects, and the diversity of languages among the faithful. The diocese spans 58,698 square kilometers and has a Catholic population of 649,022. Bishop Firmino highlighted the importance of priestly studies and formation, the need for catechist training, and the limited number of priests and deacons serving the diocese's 25 parishes. He has planned two training sessions to address the shortage of pastoral agents and to strengthen the local church.

Episcopal Anniversary: Archbishop in Angola Urges Faithful to be “visible signs of unity

13 Jan 2024  |  aciafrica.org
Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Lubango Archdiocese in Angola celebrated his 24th episcopal anniversary by urging the faithful to be visible signs of unity in the Church and requested prayers for the success of his ministry. Ordained as a bishop by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000, he has served in various leadership roles within the church, including as President of SECAM and IMBISA. The Archbishop reflected on his ordination and commitment to faithfulness during the Eucharistic celebration.

Episcopal Anniversary: Archbishop in Angola Urges Faithful to be “visible signs of unity

13 Jan 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
Archbishop Gabriel Mbilingi of Lubango Archdiocese in Angola celebrated his 24th episcopal anniversary by urging the faithful to be visible signs of unity in the Church. He reflected on his ordination by Pope St. John Paul II and his service, including as President of SECAM and IMBISA, and requested prayers for the success of his ministry.

“I ask for your prayers”: Newly Appointed Catholic Bishop of São Tomé and Príncipe Diocese

10 Jan 2024  |  www.aciafrica.org
The newly appointed Catholic Bishop of São Tomé and Príncipe, Mons. João de Ceita Nazaré, has requested prayers for the success of his Episcopal Ministry. He emphasized the importance of unity and divine guidance in his mission. Born in Trindade, São Tomé, and ordained in 2006, Bishop-elect Nazaré holds degrees in theology and Portuguese literature. He has served in various roles within the Diocese, including Vicar General and head of diocesan Caritas. The Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe (CEAST) expressed gratitude to Pope Francis for the appointment and offered prayers for the new Bishop's ministry.

International Migrants Day: Archbishop in Angola Advocates for “reference structure”

18 Dec 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
On International Migrants Day, Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of the Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People in Angola called for the establishment of a reference structure to support migrants. Speaking in Huambo Archdiocese, he emphasized the need for guidance in Angolan legislation, documentation, and employment for migrants. He highlighted the Church's role in providing dignity to immigrants and criticized the long-standing issue of immigrants in Angola living without proper documentation, affecting their health and children's education.

International Migrants Day: Archbishop in Angola Advocates for “reference structure”

18 Dec 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
On International Migrants Day, Archbishop Zeferino Zeca Martins of the Huambo Archdiocese in Angola called for the establishment of a 'reference structure' to assist migrants, emphasizing the need for guidance in legislation, documentation, and employment. He highlighted the unique challenges faced by immigrants and the role of the Church in providing dignity and support. The Archbishop lamented the long-term undocumented status of some immigrants in Angola, stressing the importance of addressing their health and educational needs.

Newly Ordained Catholic Priests in Angola Urged to Foster Ministry of “healing the wounds”

13 Dec 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
The 10 newly ordained priests in Angola's Luanda Archdiocese have been encouraged to focus on a healing ministry, inspired by Jesus Christ, to bring hope and renewal to their communities. Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias emphasized the importance of love, courage, and faith in their ministry, urging them to model their actions after Jesus and Mother Mary. The ordination ceremony highlighted the themes of communion, participation, and mission in line with the Synod on Synodality.

Catholic Bishop in Angola Challenges African Leaders to Contribute to “improving life”

25 Nov 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop António Francisco Jaca of Benguela Diocese urged African leaders at the Luanda Biennial to take actions that promote peace, well-being, and development across the continent. He emphasized the importance of cultural exchange and peaceful coexistence, hoping that Angola can benefit from the experiences shared at the forum. The event aims to foster intergenerational dialogue and address current challenges in Africa.

Catholic Bishop in Angola Denounces Bad Governance, “doesn't conform to God's will”

18 Nov 2023  |  aciafrica.org
Bishop Vicente Carlos Kiaziku of Mbanza Congo Diocese in Angola criticized the country's governance during a homily, stating that practices such as corruption and non-compliance with the law do not align with God's will. He emphasized the importance of authorities recognizing their Christian duty and the potential for divine judgment. The homily was delivered at the Chapel of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe.

Catholic Bishop in Angola Advocates for Wisdom in Management of Country’s Resources

13 Nov 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has called for wisdom in the management of the country's resources, reflecting on the nation's lagging development despite nearly 50 years of independence. He emphasized the need for leaders to possess wisdom to avoid leading the country into conflicts and to ensure proper governance and development. The Bishop's remarks were made during a homily on the 48th anniversary of Angola's independence, highlighting the country's struggle to feed its citizens and make significant developmental strides.

Bishop in Angola Cautions Companies Against Wasting Food, “be sensitive to the poor”

12 Nov 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola urged food companies to sell products at affordable prices rather than letting them expire and go to waste. In a homily, he criticized the insensitivity of companies wasting food while many people starve, advocating for price reductions to help the poor. He emphasized the need for a societal shift towards greater sensitivity and love for the poor, aligning with Christian values.

Scouting “an excellent way of building Christian, social life”: Catholic Bishop in Angola

09 Nov 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Cabinda Diocese in Angola emphasized the importance of scouting in building a strong Christian and social life. Addressing the Angolan National Scouting Movement, he highlighted scouting as a key youth movement that fosters commitment, faith, and solidarity. He stressed the role of scouting in forming responsible citizens and called for better monitoring and guidance of scouting activities in Cabinda. The Bishop also underscored the responsibility of the Episcopal Commission in youth formation amidst socio-cultural changes.

Do Not Instill Fear in Your Employees, Angolan Bishop on Exercise of Authority

07 Nov 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti of Cabinda Diocese in Angola emphasized the importance of exercising authority with consciousness and empathy, warning against instilling fear in employees. In his homily, he criticized the tendency of some leaders to seek idolization and misuse power, which he linked to family breakdowns. He advocated for leaders to be approachable and aware of the temporary nature of their positions, urging parents to exercise authority with love and respect.

Mission Sunday: Catholic Bishop in Angolan Urges PMC to “be authentic missionaries”

23 Oct 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola urged members of the Diocesan Pontifical Missionary Childhood (PMC) to be authentic missionaries, emphasizing the importance of evangelizing and supporting children in need. In his World Mission Sunday homily, he highlighted the Church's recognition of their work and called for attentiveness to societal issues, particularly the challenges faced by children unable to attend school due to financial constraints. He encouraged prayers and actions to support these children, stressing their role in the future of Angola.

Catholic Doctors in Angola Encouraged to “find time” to Volunteer in Parishes

22 Oct 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Luanda Archdiocese in Angola has urged Catholic doctors to volunteer in parishes and foster a relationship of trust with patients. During a homily on Catholic Doctors Day, he emphasized the importance of humanity and compassion in healthcare, suggesting that health professionals should be seen as allies and guardian angels by society.

Spiritual Maturity, Option for Poor among Qualities of Parish Priest: Angolan Archbishop

07 Oct 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
Archbishop Filomeno do Nascimento Vieira Dias of Luanda emphasized the importance of spiritual and psychological maturity, a preferential option for the poor, and community-oriented leadership for Parish Priests. During the installation of Fr. Dinis Bezerra da Silva as the Parish Priest of the newly created St. Therese of the Child Jesus Parish, the Archbishop highlighted the need for Parish Priests to be men of prayer, attentive to the sick, and capable of working as part of a team. He underscored the mission of guiding the community spiritually and leading people to God through love and the Gospel.

Catholic Bishop in Angola Directs Parishes to Set Up “appropriate” Catechesis Facilities

04 Oct 2023  |  aciafrica.org
Bishop Maurício Agostinho Camuto of Caxito Diocese in Angola has instructed Catholic Parishes to establish proper catechesis facilities, moving away from conducting classes under trees. In his October message, he emphasized the need for better teaching methods and environments that would enhance the learning of Christ's doctrine. Bishop Camuto, a member of the Spiritans, highlighted the importance of a good disposition in evangelization and the impact of sowing good seeds in children for building lives according to God's plan.

St. Francis of Assisi: Catholic Official in Angola Calls for Actions “in favor of planet”

04 Oct 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
The National Director for Justice and Peace Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, Fr. Celestino Palanca, has called on Angolans to avoid actions that harm the planet, urging ecological responsibility and action. Reflecting on Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Laudate Deum, Fr. Palanca emphasized the urgency of ecological conversion and the need for collective efforts to save the planet. He highlighted the irony of humanity's awareness of environmental dangers yet continued exploitation of natural resources, stressing the importance of immediate action over reliance on scientific data alone.

At Anniversary of Angolan Catholic Diocese, Bishop Recognizes Missionaries’ “sacrifices”

03 Oct 2023  |  www.aciafrica.org
During the Ruby Jubilee of the Catholic Diocese of Cabinda, Bishop Belmiro Cuica Chissengueti acknowledged the sacrifices and efforts of missionaries over the past 40 years. He praised the contributions of pioneer Bishop Paulino Fernandes Madeca and highlighted the growth of new vocations and the commitment of the faithful. The celebration took place at Our Lady Queen of the World Cathedral, marking four decades since the diocese's establishment in 1984.

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