Hoima Diocese gets new Bishop

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Hoima Diocese has received a new Bishop by names of Vicent Kirabo. The new Bishop was installed yesterday 28th February 2016 at Bujumbura Cathedral Hoima.
The function was attended by many dignitories and among them was the Omukama of Bunyoro, His Highness Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, Michael August Blume, the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda and leaders of various religious denominations.

Speaking at the function, president museveni hailed Pope Francis for appointing Monsignor Vincent Kirabo as the new Bishop of Hoima Diocese.

“I thank Pope Francis for appointing Bishop Kirabo to Hoima Diocese. I congratulate him upon his consecration. I take this opportunity to thank Bishop Lambert Twinomugisha for leading Hoima Diocese well. I also thank the people of Hoima District and Bunyoro region in general for electing the old man with a hat and NRM,” he said.
The new Bishop replaces the Apostolic Administrator of Hoima, Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha who has served for six years following the death of Bishop Deogratius Byabazaire.

Museveni said the people have seen the good developments attained by the NRM government, with particular reference to the roads and pledged to build another road from Hoima town to the Catholic Cathedral.

He informed the congregation that the roads in Hoima are to be built by utilizing the new equipment that is to be delivered soon.
He also said the NRM government’s target is to eliminate poverty from the households and that Operation Wealth Creation has recorded good performance.

His government, he added, will allocate more funds to facilitate the acquisition of more seedlings so that the people can benefit through the cultivation of cash crops such as coffee, tea and fruits.

The president donated a new Mitsubishi Pajero vehicle to Bishop Kirabo.

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The Archbishop of Mbarara Diocese Paul Bakyenga who conducted the ceremony, performed the episcopal ordination during which he presented the new Bishop to the hundreds of Christians. He was assisted by the Former Apostolic administrator Bishop Lambeth Bainomugisha who placed the book of the Gospels on the head of the bishop-elect, thereby anointing him and also placed a skull cap (purple Zucchetto) on his head and a Mitre.

Bakyenga later handed over a Pastoral staff/Crosier to the Rt. Rev. Vincent Kirabo, announcing him the Bishop of Hoima Diocese.

On his part, Archbishop Bakyenga said that the title of Bishop is not of honour but of service and called on the new Bishop and other Church leaders at large to serve the people and not to rule them. He described Bishop Kirabo as a very kind and gentle person.

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The First deputy Prime Minister Henry Kajura called on the congregation to work and assist the new Bishop.
‘Pope’s gift to Uganda’

The Omukama of Bunyoro, His Highness Solomon Gafabusa Iguru, congratulated the people of Hoima for getting a new shepherd, and them to support the new Bishop, saying that he was appointed by God. He wished all the people God’s blessings.

Also, he congratulated President Museveni for his recent victory during the recent presidential polls and thanked God for it.

The President of the Uganda Episcopal Conference who is also the Archbishop of Gulu, John Baptist Odama, saluted President Museveni for attending the consecration ceremony.

The outgoing Apostolic Administrator of Hoima Bishop Lambert Bainomugisha congratulated his successor upon his consecration. He welcomed him to the Church leadership and prayed to God to bless him for his new assignment.

Bainomugisha said that Bishop Kirabo was Pope Francis’ gift to the people of Uganda.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of Hoima Municipality, Mary Mugisa, saluted President Museveni for inviting Pope Francis to Uganda and noted that this was the time when the Pope unveiled to the Hoima Catholics the gift of Bishop Kirabo.

The new Catholic leader, Bishop Vincent Kirabo, saluted President Museveni and Omukama Iguru for attending his consecration.

He thanked Pope Francis for appointing him the Bishop of Hoima and also the congregation for attending the ceremony.

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