Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican reshaping African nation’s hierarchy with episcopal ordinations

Catholic World News - July 19, 2012

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples arrived in the Central African Republic on July 18 to conduct a weeklong pastoral visit. In addition to meeting with the nation’s president, Cardinal Fernando Filoni will hold meetings with bishops, priests, religious, and lay delegates.

On July 22, Cardinal Filoni will ordain bishops for four of the nation’s nine dioceses, an important step in the Vatican’s efforts to reshape the nation’s hierarchy.

In May 2009, a Vatican investigation led to the resignations of two of the nation’s leading prelates. Archbishop Paulin Pomodimo of Bangui, the nation’s capital, resigned at the age of 54 and Bishop François-Xavier Yombandje of Bossangoa, once president of the nation’s episcopal conference, resigned at the age of 52. The investigation, conducted by Guinea-born Archbishop (now Cardinal) Robert Sarah, found that Archbishop Pomodimo adopted “a moral attitude which is not always in conformity with his commitments to follow Christ in chastity, poverty, and obedience.”

According to Vatican statistics, the nation of 4.3 million has 1.3 million Catholics. There are 317 priests, 354 women religious, 116 parishes, and 346 seminarians.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($27,707 to go):
$150,000.00 $122,292.96
18% 82%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Another side of Francis: US-Cuba role shows Pope's diplomatic muscle 15 hours ago
Silly season: a Christmas approaches, a scholar questions whether Jesus ever existed 15 hours ago
The intrinsic immorality of torture: still not convinced? 20 hours ago
The Complexity of Reforming Religious Communities December 17
Speaking Softly to Women Religious December 16

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis: Europe seems 'elderly and haggard' CWN - November 25
Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch sign joint declaration, lament persecution of Christians CWN - December 1
Consistory for new cardinals scheduled for February CWN - December 11
Vatican report on US women religious calls for further self-assessment CWN - December 16
Pope brokered deal to open US-Cuba ties CWN - December 17