The Holy Father appointed Missionary of Africa priest Fr. Placide Lubamba Ndjibu, 54, as bishop of Kasongo, Democratic Republic of Congo.
The diocese has a population of some 1.7 million, with 570,000 Catholics. They are served by 59 priests and 21 religious.
Placide Lubamba Ndjibu was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1959, and was ordained a priest in 1991.
He completed his studies in theology at the Catholic Institute of Tolosa, France, and studied journalism and social communications at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has served in a number of pastoral roles, including priest of the Sacred Heart parish in Manzeze, Tanzania, editor of the KARIBU bulletin in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, and chaplain of the Wima High School and the Saio military camp, Bukavu, and priest of the St. Bernadette parish in Lubumbashi.
Since 2010 he is the provincial of the White Fathers for Central Africa (Burundi, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo).