Diocese of Bragança-Miranda welcomes new bishop

The Diocese of Bragança-Miranda welcomes the appointment of its new bishop, D. Nuno Almeida, in a message signed by the diocesan administrator, expressing “filial reverence” and the “deepest veneration of the Diocese” to the successor of D. José Cordeiro.

It is with jubilant and manifest joy that we have just received the long-awaited news, the appointment of the 45th Bishop of this Northeastern Diocese, in need of a ‘vigilant sentry’ and experienced helmsman, to continue the apostolic ministry carried out by his worthy predecessors in this land nicknamed kingdom wonderful of emotions and dreams”, says the message signed by Monsignor Adelino Paes.

The official underlines that “from now on, the hope that together we will walk a synodal path of pastoral renewal in the different communities and environments of this beautiful northeast of Trás-os-Montes that constitutes the Diocese of Bragança-Miranda is revived in the hearts of the faithful and of all the people”.

“While awaiting the beginning of the episcopal ministry in the Diocese, from today onwards he will be very present in the hearts and prayers of all diocesans, very especially in the Eucharistic celebration in which we also remember and, at the right time, our elected Bishop who , in communion with the Pope, will unite us to the Church present throughout the earth”, writes the diocesan administrator.

“While we wait, we are also preparing the arrival of the new Pastor to his Church, which awaits him in order to continue to find himself again in truth and fraternity, seeking justice, promoting peace and progress”, he adds.

The message concludes with gratitude to God for the gift of the new pastor. “Blessed be God who gives us Pastors after His own heart”.

This Friday, Pope Francis appointed the auxiliary bishop of Braga, D. Nuno Almeida, as bishop of Bragança-Miranda.

In statements to Renaissance the auxiliary bishop of Braga says that the news surprised him, as had happened before, “when I was also called by the Bishop of Viseu and asked if I agreed to come to Braga as an auxiliary bishop. With surprise”.

But, D. Nuno also faces the nomination with “confidence”. “It was putting myself before Jesus Christ and saying yes to him, because I felt that it was a call that did not come only from an administrative process of the Church, but it was a call from Jesus Christ”.

The prelate affirms his availability “to have a synodal experience with the good people of Bragança-Miranda”, a diocese that is not totally unknown to him.

The new bishop says he will “learn” and “get to know” the new diocese, which is “very vast, with a very deep history, with a mature faith, but where there are challenges”.

And among the challenges and priorities of his new mission, he recalls the fight against desertification and Youth Ministry, “taking into account even what we are experiencing in preparation for World Youth Day”.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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