INTERVIEW: Rwanda’s Fr Kambanda Elevated To Bishop


visit web geneva;”>Kambanda will be replacing Bishop Kizito Bahujumihigo who resigned from the position in 2010.

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sildenafil geneva;”>Since then, Archbishop Thadée Ntihinyurwa, the Bishop of Kigali, has been acting as the caretaker for the Diocese.

A statement released by the Papal Nuncio Office in Kigali revealed that Kambanda was appointed Bishop by Pope Francis on Tuesday, at 12h00 local time.

Kambanda is expected to decide on the date of his ordination according to the customary practice within the Roman Catholic Church.

Chimpreports had an exclusive interview with him and revealed how excited he is for the new position.

CHIMP: Father Kambanda when did you receive the news about you being named the new Bishop of Kibungo Doicese?

Fr. Kambanda: It was 12:00hrs Rwanda local time and the same hour at Rome, Italy.

CHIMP: How do you feel after receiving the news?

Fr Kambanda: First of all, I thank God for he is the one who names and assigns people. To tell you the truth, I was really happy to be assigned such responsibilities, and I pray that God helps me fulfill all of them.

Fr. Antoine Kambanda, New Kibungo Diocese Bishop

CHIMP: Kibungo Diocese has been with no bishop for three years now, what strategies you are planning to implement to avoid the same mistakes made by your predecessors?

Fr Kambanda: The first strategy is prayer. As a diocese that existed for a long time without a bishop, we need re-organization. I will work closely with the priests and the whole Catholic Church Assembly to do a perfect job.

CHIMP: Had you ever dreamt of being a Bishop?

Fr Kambanda: It was God’s Plan. People talked about it before but in the Catholic Church we perform the mission we are given and the rest are God’s plans.

About Fr Kambanda

Born in1958 in Rwanda, Father Kambanda grew up from Kenya. He was ordained priest by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Rwanda in 1990.

He has been the Rector of Nyakibanda Major Seminary since 2006 but had previously held other various positions within the Rwandan Catholic Church.

He has a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome, Italy. His predecessor, Monsignor Kizito Bahujimihigo, resigned in 2010 due to financial troubles.

Archbishop Ntihinyurwa has been acting caretaker of Kibungo Diocese. t Photo internet.

Bahujimihigo at his side, he cited personal reasons in his resignation but sources at the time alleged that he had failed to account for around Rwf400 millions in Church funds.


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