The Diocese of Bata, which includes all the parishes of Bata, Mbini, Kogo and the corresponding municipalities, has from Wednesday 8th August a new Curial Residential Complex, which was opened by the President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, financed by the Government of Equatorial Guinea.
The ceremony, which took place on the esplanade of the cathedral, began with words of welcome from Monsignor Juan Matogo Oyana, Bishop of the Diocese of Bata, followed by a technical report from the director of the construction company, Francisco del Maestro, together with a speech by the Minister for Public Works and Infrastructures, Diosdado Nsue Medja.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo thanked the Bishop of the Diocese of Bata for inviting him to open this curial residence, stressing the worthiness of the act, as the Church is also part of the transformation of the country, and the investment is thus an act of faith, with the inclusion of individuals who also finance the construction of temples throughout the country.
The priests present, with the bishop leading, offered special prayers to heaven for the blessing of the residence, for the benefit of the users. With the handover of keys and plans of the building to Monsignor Juan Matogo Oyana, there was also the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon and a tour of the building.
The curial residential complex in Bata was founded in 1956, opened on 8th August in the same year, as the new house for the Catholic mission in Bata, as residence for the bishops, priests and missionaries until 2003. It was reopened 70 years later, by an Italian company.
This is no coincidence; it has to do with 8th August 1979, a historic date on which H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo reopened the churches that had been closed years previously by the Government of the First Republic.
After taking part in the reception provided by the curial of the Diocese of Bata, the presidential couple returned to Malabo having stayed around two weeks in the continental region.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office