Monsignor Miguel A�ngel Nguema Bee was enthroned as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Ebebiyin on 24th May. The ceremony took place on the esplanade of the St. Peter Claver Cathedral, in the presence of the presidential couple, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
The pontifical mass of enthronement for the new bishop was said by the Cardinal, Fernando Filoni, Special Envoy from Pope Francis, who was assisted by the Apostolic Nuncio for Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Pierro Pioppo. The religious ceremony, in addition to the President of the Republic and the First Lady, was also attended by a dozen bishops and hundreds of priests.
In the homily, which coincided with the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, the Special Envoy from Pope Francis said that each of those present was called on to be part of the true family of Jesus, made up of those who carry out God’s will.
The Cardinal invited Monsignor Miguel A�ngel Nguema Bee to imitate St. Paul, and always bear witness to God.
During the Eucharist, the parishioners from Kie-Ntem and the Marian associations from the Salesian Congregation formed lines with banners to congratulate the new Bishop, and present him with various gifts.
Since its creation, on 15th October 1982, the Diocese of Ebebiyin has been led by Monsignor Idelfonso Obama Obono (from 15th October 1982 to 9th July 1991); Monsignor Juan Matogo Oyana (from 11th October 1991 to 11th May 2002) and Monsignor Alfredo Maria Oburu Asue (may he rest in peace, from 19th February 2011 until his appointment as Archbishop).
Amid applause and singing, led by the bishops of Mongomo and Evinayong, the new pastor for Ebebiyin walked around the esplanade of the cathedral, blessing all those present, and in his first words as new Bishop, declared: I am in love with my wife, the Church”.
At the end of the mass, which was attended by delegations from various Central African countries, Cardinal Filoni gave the Papal blessing to those present.
Born on 13th July 1970 in Mocomo, in the District of Bata, Miguel A�ngel Nguema Bee was Provincial Superior to the Salesian Fathers resident in Yaunde (Cameroon). On 24th July 200 he was ordained as a priest. In addition to his mother tongue, he speaks Spanish, French, English, Portuguese and Italian.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea