TENKODOGO, February 14, 2012 (CISA) -Rt Rev Prosper Kontiebo was on February 11 appointed the first bishop of the new diocese of Tenkodogo. Bishop-elect is the first Bishop of the Camillian Missionary, MI.
“On behalf of all the members of the Order, I express gratitude to the Holy Father for having elevated a religious Camillian to Bishop wrote the Superior General of the Order, Fr Renato Salvatore.
“All those who have had the joy of knowing him, are very proud and participate with joy, praising the Lord to continue to keep watch over the Vice province of Burkina Faso of which our brother was a guide. I think it is very significant that the announcement was made this day (February 11) so ‘Camillian’: World Day of the Sick and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. “
According to Fides the Apostolic Nuncio in Burkina Faso and Niger, Archbishop Vito Rallo, in his message stressed the fact that “the Church-Family of God is Catholic and universal; therefore it knows no regional or provincial borders. We are all members of the same and only Church, and no Catholic is a foreigner in another Diocese. Imagine for a moment, if the first Missionaries and Bishops of Burkina Faso had never come from outside, in this case from France, there would be no Catholic Church now in Burkina Faso. Thus, at the recent Synod for Africa, the Synod Fathers asked that the faithful and priests welcome, in a spirit of faith, the Bishop that the Holy Father sends them as their Pastor of the Diocese”.
Founded in late 1500 by S Camillo de Lellis, Universal Patron of the sick, the health professionals and hospitals, the Order of the Ministers of the Sick has always been a point of reference for the needy and for those who suffer. Today, it is present in 35 Countries and, through the Camillian Task Force, in the areas most at risk, from Haiti to Pakistan, and during natural disasters, such as in the Horn of Africa.
The Camillians are preparing to celebrate the fourth Centenary of the death of St Camillus, with a series of initiatives planned as from next May.