Vatican City, Feb 12, 2021 / 08:00 am
Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a Catholic bishop serving in a strife-torn diocese in Mozambique to lead a diocese in his native Brazil.
The pope named Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa, who has overseen the Diocese of Pemba since 2013, to guide the Diocese of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim in the Southeast Region of Brazil.
The Holy See press office said on Feb. 11 that Pope Francis had given the 65-year-old bishop, who belongs to the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists), the title of “Archbishop ad personam.”
“Archbishop ad personam” is a rank which the pope confers on certain bishops who are not ordinaries of archdioceses. Thus, the title of archbishop is given to them individually rather than because of the dioceses they govern.
Following news of Lisboa’s transfer and elevation, Catholic bishops in Mozambique expressed appreciation for his ministry among the people of God in the southern African country.
In a statement, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique said: “We are very grateful to the Holy Father for having given us, since 2013 until very recently, this great missionary from Brazil as bishop of our beloved Diocese of Pemba.”
“We thank His Excellency Dom Luís Fernando Lisboa for the selfless pastoral work done among us, in the Episcopal Conference of Mozambique and in the country, even in such difficult times and situations.”
As Bishop of Pemba, Lisboa was an outspoken defender of the population of the troubled region of Cabo Delgado in northern Mozambique, a target of violence by Islamist terrorist groups.