Pope Makes Two Appointments in South Africa

Announced November 25, 2020

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Resignation and appointment of the Bishop of Rustenburg (South Africa)

The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Rustenburg (South Africa), presented by HE Mgr Kevin Patrick Dowling, C.SS.R ..

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Robert Mogapi Mphiwe, of the clergy of Pretoria, currently Vicar General, as bishop of the same diocese.

Curriculum vitae

HE Mons. Robert Mogapi Mphiwe was born on March 14, 1972, in Pretoria. After attending St. Peter’s Seminary in Garsfontein for Philosophy studies (1990-1992), he entered the St. John Vianney Seminary NPC in Pretoria for theology courses (1993-1996). He obtained a Licentiate in Liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum Sant’Anselmo in Rome.

He was ordained a priest on 1 November 1997 for the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

He has held the following positions: Parish Vicar of St. Kizito in Marapyane (1997-1999); Lecturer and trainer at St. Peter’s Seminary in Garsfontein (2000-2001 and 2005-2008); Parish priest of St. Anne’s in Atteridgeville (2009-2010); Pastor of St. Thomas More in Centurion (2011 to present) and from 2015 until now he has been Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Pretoria.

Appointment of the Bishop of Witbank (South Africa)

The Holy Father has appointed HE Mgr. Xolelo Thaddaeus Kumalo, currently Bishop of the Diocese of Eshowe, as Bishop of the Diocese of Witbank (South Africa).

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