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Vatican Radio's Head of English Service for Africa, Fr. Moses Hamungole, is new bishop of Monze Diocese in Zambia



The Holy Father has named Vatican Radio’s Father Moses Hamungole as Bishop of Monze, in Zambia. His appointment follows the resignation of Bishop Emilio Patriarca, who has retired upon reaching the canonical age limit for bishops of 75 years, as provided for in canon law 401 § 1.
Fr Hamungole will shephered the Diocese of Monze which ecclesiastically depends on the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lusaka. The Diocese has an area of over 60,000 square kilometres and a population of over 1.5 million inhabitants, of whom 303,000 are Catholics. There are 21 parishes, served by 81 priests, 49 religious brothers, 117 nuns and 23 seminarians.
Until his time of appointment Father Moses Hamungole was head of the English Africa Section of Vatican Radio which provides news and in-depth feature programming in English and Ki-Swahili to a vast area of Africa. It also manages a webpage that is part of Vatican Radio's information service. The new bishop was Director of Radio Yatsani and of the Communications Office of the Archdiocese in Lusaka,1999-2002. Between 2002-2008 Bishop-elect Hamungole worked as Secretary for Communications of the Association of Member Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA), in Nairobi (Kenya). During this time he also served as Africa President of the Roman Catholic lay movement for communication media professionals, SIGNIS.
Bishop-Elect Hamungole was born on 1 May 1967 in Zambia’s Kafue town, in the Archdiocese of Lusaka. Following his primary education Rev. Fr. Hamungole proceeded to attend secondary school at Kafue and Mukasa minor Seminary. Upon completion of his priestly formation, he was ordained a priest on August 6, 1994 and was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Lusaka. Soon after his ordination he served in a number of capacities beginning with Vice parish priest of New Kanyama Parish in Lusaka, before being transferred to the Railway-Chowa Parish in the same position.
Among his many academic qualifications are his Masters degree in Social communications obtained from the Gregorian university here in Rome. He is currently working on his research paper for a PhD in Communications at the Catholic University of Leuven ( Kathoilieke Universeit Leuven ) in Belgium.
We had the opportunity to talk to Bishop–elect Moses Hamungole soon after the Vatican announcement, at noon, Rome time. RealAudioMP3




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