On 5th July, the Equatoguinean presidential couple attended the funeral mass of the emeritus Bishop of the diocese of Bata, Monsignor Anacleto Sima Ngue, who passed away on 30th June.
The mass was said by the emeritus Bishop, Monsignor Ildefonso Obama Obono, assisted by the Archbishop of Malabo, Juan Nsue Edjang, and various religious ministers.
The Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, accompanied by his wife, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, as the leader of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, a nation in which 80% of the population is Catholic, was present at the funeral mass.
In his reflections, Ildefonso Obama Obono told the story of the life of his friend and colleague, Monsignor Anacleto Sima. In his homily he also pointed out that the mystery of death is a hard reality that we all have to face.
In this mass of last rites, gratitude from the Bishop of Malabo was also expressed, and condolences from the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who described the deceased as a “simple man”.
In addition to placing flowers on the coffin, the Head of State underlined the virtues of Monsignor Anacleto Sima Ngua, and his contribution towards peace in the nation.
Born in the Town Council area of Mitemlehee, in the District of Evinayong, on 2nd June 1936, Sima Ngue was ordained priest on 29th June 1963in 1982 he was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Bata by Pope John Paul II, a position which he gave up in 2002 due to health reasons.
His mortal remains will be buried on Thursday in Bata Cathedral, where he served as Bishop for over 16 years.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea