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Pope Francis appoints a bishop for Kibungo Diocese in Rwanda



Pope Francis on 7 May appointed Fr. Antione Kambanda as bishop of the Diocese of Kibungo in Rwanda. The bishop-elect has been serving as Rector of the St. Charles Nyakibanda Major Seminary in Butare. Fr. Kambanda was born on the 10 of November 1958 in the Archdiocese of Kigali. He was ordained a priest by blessed John Paul II on 8th of September 1990 during the late pope’s apostolic trip to the central African nation. The bishop-elect of Kibungo has also served in various capacities including: as director of the Caritas Office of the Archdiocese of Kigali from 1999-2005; and as rector of the Major seminary for the study of philosophy in Kabgaye, in Rwanda from 2005-2006.
The Diocese of Kibungo was created in 1968 under the Archdiocese of Kigali. It has a population of one million and forty-seven thousand people (1.047.000), of whom five hundred and five thousand (505.000) are Catholic. It has 13 parishes served by 59 priests, 7 religious brothers, 110 sisters and 33 seminarians.




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