Vatican City (Agenzia Fides) - The Holy Father has appointed the Reverend Fr. Osório Citora Afonso, I.M.C., until now official at the Dicastery for Evangelization, Section for first evangelization and the new particular Churches, as auxiliary bishop of Maputo, Mozambique, assigning him the titular see of Putia in Numidia.
Msgr. Osório Citora Afonso, I.M.C., was born on 6 May 1972 in Ribaue, Nampula, Mozambique. He gave his solemn vows on 17 June 2001 in the Consolata Missionary Institute in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
After completing his studies at the Christ the King Seminary in Matola, he studied philosophy at the Santo Agostinho Major Seminarhy of Matola, and theology at the Institut Saint-Eugène de Mazenod in Kinshasa.
He was ordained a priest on 3 November 2002.
After ordination, he first served as parish vicar and bursar of St. Hilaire parish in Kinshasa (2002-2005) and regional counsellor for the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2006). Following a licentiate in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome (2006-2010), he continued his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2008-2009) and L’École Biblique et Archéologique of Jerusalem (2010-2011). He went on to hold the roles of member of the Board of the General House in Rome (2008-2010); local collaborator at the apostolic nunciature in Kinshasa (2011-2013); formator and bursar of the Theological Seminary of Kinshasa (2011-2013); superior of the Missionary Centre of the diocese of Vittorio Veneto (2014-2016); superior of Casas Milaico in Treviso (2014-2016); regional counsellor for Italy - Treviso, Veneto (2016-2017); and formator in the International Theological Seminary of Bravetta, Rome (2016-2017). From 2017 to date he has served as an official in the Dicastery for Evangelization, Section for first evangelization and the new particular Churches. (EG) (Agenzia Fides, 22/9/2023)