AFRICA/DR CONGO - Resignation of bishop of Popokabaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and appointment of successor

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - On 29 June 2020, the Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Popokabaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo, presented by Bishop Louis Nzala Kianza.
The Pope has appointed as bishop of the same see the Reverend Bernard Marie Fansaka Biniama, of the clergy of Kenge, currently resident formator at the Saint Augustin interdiocesan seminary of philosophy in Kalonda.
The Reverend Bernard Marie Fansaka Biniama was born on 29 June 1959 in Misay, in the province of Bandundu, diocese of Kenge, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
He carried out his secondary studies in the Saint Charles Lwanga minor seminary in Katende. From 1980 to 1983 he attended the faculty of philosophy at the Saint Augustin interdiocesan major seminary in Kalonda and the faculty of theology at the Saint Cyprien interdiocesan major seminary in Kikwit.
He was ordained a priest on 21 February 1988 for the diocese of Kenge. He taught in the minor seminary of Saint Charles Lwanga from 1981 to 1991. He then attended the Faculté Catholique de Kinshasa (now UCC - Universitè Catholique du Congo); in 1994 he obtained a licentiate in biblical theology.
From 1994 to 1998 he carried out his service as a teacher in the Saint Cyprien minor seminary in Kikwit.
From 1998 to 2001 he obtained a doctorate in biblica theology from the Université Catholique de Yaoundé, Cameroon; and from 2003 to 2016 he was parish priest of Notre Dame du Rosaire, in Bandundu-Ville.
In 2003 he founded the Centre des Etudes Ethnologiques et Sociologiques de Bandundu (CEESBA), in Bandundu-Ville, of which he is still director.
Since 2006 he has served as moderator of the diocesan clergy. In 2008 he became provincial secretary of the Political and Social Commission of the Episcopal Assembly of the Ecclesiastical Province of Kinshasa. Since 2018 he has been resident Formator at the Interdiocesan Philosophy Seminary of Kalonda. He also teaches at St. Cyprien Major Seminary in Kikwit. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 30/6/2020)