Angola was officially inaugurated as a new Anglican Diocese this week, following 16 years as a missionary diocese and after more than 40 years of war.
The Primate of Southern Africa, Archbishop Thabo Makgoba led the special service of inauguration and also installed Bishop André Soares as the Bishop of Angola.
The Archbishop said it was an inspiring event: “What an experience and enriching time.
What a joy! We inaugurated a fully-fledged diocese and installed Bishop André as diocesan.”
Supporters from partner dioceses and organisations joined in the ceremony, which included a blessing of the church land in Luanda, where the new Anglican Cathedral will be built. The Archbishop blessed the boundary, laid the foundation stone and named the Cathedral St Andrew the Apostle on St Andrew’s day. Soil from the site will be taken back to Angola’s partner Diocese of London.
After years of civil war in Angola, which started in 1975, the fighting eventually ended in 2002 and the Anglican church has been a key player in helping re-build the country’s shattered infrastructure.
The Church of the Province of Southern Africa (CPSA) began plans to establish a new diocese in the war-torn country in 1995 when the Church’s provincial synod adopted a resolution to create a missionary diocese in Angola.
The CPSA and other partners including USPG, Manna and the Diocese of London’s Angola London Mozambique Association, supported the development through backing church projects to tackle HIV, train clergy, and rebuild churches, clinics and schools.
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Source: Anglican News