Pope Francis has translated Bishop Jose Ponce de Leon IMC of Ingwavuma to the see of Manzini, Swaziland and, at the same time, appointed him Apostolic Administrator of Ingwavuma. Bishop Jose was born on 8 May 1961 at Buenos Aires, Argentina and was ordained a Consolata priest in 1986. He came to South Africa in 1994. He served in the parishes of Dundee diocese (Piet Retief, Phongolo and Madadeni) and in Daveyton, Johannesburg diocese. In 2005, he served in the Consolata general administration in Rome before he was appointed Apostolic Vicar of Ingwavuma in 2008. He received episcopal consecration on 18 April 2009 at Riverview, Mtubatuba. After the death of Bishop Louis Ncamiso Ndlovu OSM, he was appointed Apostolic Administrator of Manzini, the position he held till his appointment as diocesan bishop (29 November 2013).
Archbishop Stephen Brislin gives candles and copies of the papal encyclical “Lumen Fidei” to representatives of parishes and religious communities of Cape Town as he commissions them to spread faith.
The President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference has requested all the bishops of the regions to hold a special collection for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The donations are to reach Khanya House (the Conference Secretariat) by the 13th December 2013 to be forwarded to Caritas Phillipines. Donations can be deposited in the following account:
Bank : Nedbank.
Name of Account: Project Caritas.
Account No : 160 4750 693
Branch Code : 160 665
Reference : Phillipines
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