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Kumbo Diocese Celebrates 100 Years of Catholic Faith 

By Peter Adi Fonte — The occasion kicked off with celebration of a pontifical high mass, with the chief celebrant as the personal representative of the Pope, His Grace Piero Pioppo, the Pronuncio for Cameroon and the Equatorial Guinea, in the presence of Prime Minister Yang Philemon, representative of the Head of State.

His Grace Piero Pioppo, in his homily at the occasion, called on the faithful to renew their promise to remain firm in the faith founded by our forefathers. He said the occasion, which coincided with the celebration of the feast of St. Paul’s conversion, is likened to the encounter of St. Paul with Christ on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians. He called on Christians to be united, live in peace and love one another.

The Pronuncio said Christians should strive to share the talents they received from God generously and joyfully with others without selfishness and discrimination.

The Bishop of Kumbo Diocese, Mgr George Nkuo, in his welcome speech, said the Sacred Heart Fathers from Germany arrived in Kumbo on the 31st of December 1912, and said their first mass on the first of January 1913. He rendered thanks to God for the gift of faith and its growth in the Diocese.

The Mayor of Kumbo Council, Donatus Njong said we should embrace the arrival of the second century of the Catholic Faith in Kumbo with earnest, determination and faith. Njong said faith, resilience and commitment will make Kumbo better than ever before.

On his part, the Chairman of Laity Council of Kumbo Diocese, John Kuvinyuy expressed gratitude to indigenes who were partners to the foundation of the Catholic faith. He expressed happiness at the presence of German Priests from the Diocese of Limburg, which has been in partnership with Kumbo Diocese for the past 25 years.

It will be recalled that, in the 100 years of existence of Catholic Faith in Kumbo Diocese, the number of parishes has grown to 27, with a Christian population of 126.185. It has 343 outstations. While some 1,392 Christians are said to have defected from the Catholic Church.

First published in The Post print edition no 01405

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