(covering the south of the country)
(covering the north of the country)
Mozambique is roughly three times the size of the UK with a population of 16.9 million, about a quarter of the UK. The southern half of the country is served by the Lebombo Diocese, based in the country’s capital, Maputo. The The Right Reverend Carlos Simão Matsinhe is the Bishop, consecrated on 28 September 2014.
Like much of the church in Southern Africa, the diocese is experiencing growth, and many new churches are being dedicated. The Bishop travels thousands of miles each year visiting churches across the region, baptising and confirming Christians.
The northern half of Mozambique is served by the Niassa Diocese, formed in 1980 when the country was divided into two dioceses and then recently in September 2018 the Missionary Diocese of Nampula. The Niassa Diocese is led by The Rt Rev. Vicente Msossa and is based in Lichinga and the Diocese of Nampula is led by The Rt Rev Manuel Ernesto and he is based in Nampula.
These dioceses are huge (1.5 times the size of the UK) and is experiencing tremendous growth, with new parishes created each year within its four archdeaconaries. Within the dioceses there are the departments of ministry, mission, worhsip and diocesan administration.
In the mission department, the teams of life – Equipa de Vida’s work includes wells, agriculture, HIV/AIDS education, development and health. The large Salt, Health and Light community health project on the upper lakeshores continues strongly and impressively with the Mozambican government. The WASH project based in Milange focusses on wells, water and sanitation projects through the diocese.
Angola is approximately five times the size of the UK, covering 481,350 square miles, and is home to 12.8 million people. A single Diocese, created in 2002, serves the whole of the country under the leadership the Rt Rev. André Soares. The Missionary Diocese of Angola is based in the country’s capital, Luanda.
Angola is a country which is seeing change on the outside by investment in infrastructure, but the lives of its poor people remain untouched. Transformation of their lives comes through the provision of education and clean water. Clergy and lay leaders are being trained in Luanda to minister to the large number of new parishes. Support for them includes practical help like the provision of bicycles to offer a simple transport solution for the clergy.
HIV/AIDS continues to be a challenge in Angola as it does in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. Education for all is a constant theme of the church’s effort to stem its spread.