Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed as bishop of the diocese of Uíje, Angola, the Reverend Joaquim Nhanganga Tyombe, of the clergy of Lubango, until now rector of the Fr. Leonardo Sikufinde Major Seminary in the same metropolitan archdiocese.
Msgr. Joaquim Nhanganga Tyombe was born on 22 September 1969 in Mambandi-Cacula, province of Huíla, metropolitan archdiocese of Lubango. He studied in the Christ the King Philosophy Seminary of Huambo and in the Good Shepherd Seminary of Benguela. From 1996 to 2000 he attended the Saint John Vianney Seminary of Pretoria, South Africa, obtaining a bachelor's degree in 2001.
He was ordained a priest on 24 November 2001 for the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lubango.
After priestly ordination he first held the offices of parish priest and superior of the Our Lady Queen of the World Mission in Bibala and Camucuio, diocese of Namibe (2001-2006). He then attended a training course in planning and participatory management of community projects in Bibala-Namibe (2003-2004). He subsequently served as director of the Instituto de Ciêcias Religiosas de Angola (ICRA) (ICRA) in Lubango, and member of the archdiocesan pastoral secretariat and presbyteral council. He was awarded a doctorate in systematic theology at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa of Lisbon (2010-2012) and a degree in school administration at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) (2012-2016). He was cooperator vicar in the Santos Rei Magos do Campo Grande parish in Lisbon (2010-2016) and from 2016 until now has served as rector and lecturer of the Fr. Leonardo Sikufinde Major Seminary in Lubango. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 2/2/2021)