The Immaculate Conception Basilica was the setting, on Saturday 20th May, for the solemn ceremony of investiture for the bishops of Ebebiyin, and the recently created dioceses of Mongomo and Evinayong. The ceremony was overseen by the Cardinal sent by Pope Francis personally, Fernando Filoni, and the Nuncio of the Supreme Pontiff for Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, Pierro Pioppo.
The solemn religious ceremony was attended by the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, archbishops, bishops, hundreds of priests, religious people and thousands of parishioners from National Territory and countries such as: Cameroon, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Chad. The Mayor of the city of Mongomo, Santiago Eneme Ovono, welcomed the guests.
They then heard words of gratitude from the Archbishop of Malabo, Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang to His Holiness Pope Francis I, for the huge gesture of love for the Equatoguinean people.
My heart overflows with joy at receiving the new dioceses and 3 now bishops”, declared Juan Nsue Edjang Maye. For his part, the Nuncio Pioppo read and presented the bulls electing the dioceses of Mongomo and Evinayong.
You are not bosses, or political leaders clarified the personal envoy of Pope Francis, when addressing the new bishops, and he told them they were fathers, pastors, as the vocation of a bishop is to be always available to carry out the work of God.
We are seized with joy on receiving the senior figures from the Catholic and Apostolic Church , and I wish you all may enjoy the peace and hospitality of the people of Equatorial Guinea”. Thus the Equatoguinean Head of State began his speech in the name of the nation. He also expressed gratitude to Pope Francis, for the huge historic act that in his words constitute the recognition and estimation by the Vatican of the Catholic character of the people of Equatorial Guinea.
H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also spoke of the excellent Church-State relations, the training of young priests, and the cultural encouragement, and finally he issued an invitation to Pope Francis to visit Equatorial Guinea, a message that will be passed on to its recipient by Cardinal Fernando Filoni.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea