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Pope Francis names Rev Fr. Bruno Ateba Edoas new bishop of Maroua-Mokolo in Cameroon



The holy Father named Rev Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo on Saturday to be in charge of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo. The appointment follows the resignation of Bishop Philippe Albert Joseph Stevens, of the Young Brothers of the Gospel (dei Piccoli Fratelli del Vangelo) who has reached the recommended retirement age of 75 years for bishops in the Catholic church.
At the time of his appointment, The bishop-elect, Rev. Fr. Bruno Ateba Edo, was the Regional Superior of the Pallottine Fathers for Cameroon and Nigeria. He was born on 20th November, 1964 at Zoetelé, in the diocese of Sangmélima. Between 1988 and 1989 he joined and was in the formation house of the Pallotine Fathers.
Upon completion of his Novitiate Fr. Edo went on to do his priestly studies of Philosohy in Rwanda before going back to Cameroon to pursue his theological studies. Soon after the general theological Bishop-elect Bruno Ateba Edo moved to Germany at the Pallotine Fathers Vallendar Theological Institut where he studied for a Licentiate in Pastoral Theology. On August 15 1989 he pronounced his first religious vows with his final or perpetual solemn vows following on only five years later in 1994.
Bishop-elect Edo has held a number of resiponsible positions both within his congregation and in the universal church, including those of Parish prist, Rector of the Pallotine Theologate in Yaounde in Cameroon, Regional superior of the Society of the Pallotines for Cameroon and Nigeria and that of president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Cameroon, a post he held until the time that Pope Francis named him bishop of the diocese of Maroua-Mokolo.
The diocese of Maroua-Mokolo was established in 1973, and belongs to th ecclesial archdiocese of Garoua. It has a total surface area of 14.332 kmsq with a population of around 2.000.000 habitants. Out of these, 70.000 are Catholics. Maroua-Mokolo diocese boasts of 43 Parishes served by 66 priests of whom 37 are diocesan and 29 are religious. The diocese also has 10 permanent deacons, 29 religious brothers, 105 religious sisters and 27 seminarians.




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