AFRICA/ANGOLA - The Pope accepts the resignation of the Bishop of Ndalatando and appoints a successor

Monday, 25 July 2005

Vatican City (Fides Service) - The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI on 23 July 2005 accepted the renunciation of the pastoral government of the diocese of Ndalatando (Angola) presented by Bishop Pedro Luís Guido Scarpa OFM Cap., in conformity with the Code of Canon Law canon 401 § 1. The Holy Father on 23 July 2005 appointed Bishop of Ndalatando (Angola) Rev. Mgr. Almeida Kanda, Vicar General of the diocese of Uíje.
Bishop Almeida Kanda was born in Cangola diocese of Uíje on 10 May 1959. He studied at seminaries in Uíje and Huambo. He obtained a degree in canon law at the Gregorian university in Rome. He was ordained a priest on 6 July 1986 for the diocese of Uíje. Since then he has been: diocesan Curia chancellor, parish priest at the cathedral, director of the Diocesan Pastoral Office. At the time of his appointment he was Vicar General of Uíje diocese, Professor at the major seminary and director of the Diocesan Pastoral Office.
Ndalatando diocese created in 1990 is situated in the province of north Kwanza. It has an area of 2,159 sq. Km., a population of 359,000 including 189,000 Catholics gathered in 8 parishes assisted by 23 priests (7 diocesan and 16 religiuos) and 58 women religious and there are 20 major seminarians (S.L.) (Agenzia Fides 25/7/2005; Righe 16; Parole 219)