I lived with this fellow for several years in Rome!
OTHER PONTIFICAL ACTS
VATICAN CITY, 18 JAN 2008 (VIS) – The Holy Father:
- Appointed Fr. Protase Rugambwa, official of the Congregation for the Evangelisation of Peoples, as bishop of Kigoma (area 45,056, population 1,679,109, Catholics 409,000, priests 70, religious 122), Tanzania. The bishop-elect was born in Bunena, Tanzania, in 1960 and ordained a priest in 1990.
Bishop-Elect Protase is a wonderful priest. Please pray for him. He comes from the area of Tanzania where all the strife is, the Great Lakes region. Tanzania is the poorest country in the world. In that zone of Tanzania hundreds of thousands of people streamed over the borders into those diocese, trying to escape ethnic persecution and genodice.
Please pray for him!
UPDATE: 21 Jan 2008 2317 GMT
I just got this from Bp.-elect Protase:
Thanks so much for your best wishes and I still count on your prayers.
Hope we will be able to meet before I go to Tanzania.
He gave us the Internet Prayer in Kinyambo!
KINYAMBO (spoken in Tanzania)
Ensara otakatahile omu intaneti
Mungu owabushobola natalihwaho,
eyatutonzile Omurususo lwawe
kandi eyayenzile katuhiga byona ebili birungi, ebya mazima nebili kusemela,
nangu kulabila Omumwana Wawe wenka Omugonzibwa, Omukama weitu Yesu Kristu,
kulabila omunsara zo Mutakatifu Isidore, Omwepiskopi na Daktari,
omurugendo lwaitu olwe intaneti
tutwale emikono yeitu hamo nameiso omubintu ebili kusemela ahali Iwe
kandi tubakolele ne ngonzi hamwe nokwetohya abantu abotulikutanganwa nabo.
Kulabila omuli Kristu Omukama weitu. Amina.