THE two Central African territories of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland now join Southern Rhodesia, their partner in the Federation, in having their own Hierarchies, Last Saturday Pope John XXIII erected two new ecclesiastical provinces centred on Blantyre and Lusaka.
In Nyasaland, the Vicar Apostolic of Blantyre, Bishop Theunissen, S.M.M.. now becomes the first Archbishop of the new metropolitan see. Under him are three former Vicars Apostolic who are now Bishop Chitsulo of Dedza, Bishop Fady, W.F., of Lilongwe, and Bolton-horn Bishop Hardman. S.M.M,, of Zomba.
In Northern Rhodesia. the Vicar Apostolic of Lusaka, Bishop Kozlowiecki, S.J., now becomes the first archbishop, having under him five former Vicars Apostolic who are now Bishop Fiirstenberg, W.F., of Abercorn; Bishop Courtemanche, W.F., of Fort Jameson; Bishop Daubechics, W.F., of Kasama; Bishop O'Shea, O.F.M. Cap., of Livingstone, and Bishop Mazzieri, 0.F.M.Conv., of Ndola.
The only native member of the two new Hierarchies is 49-year-old Bishop Chitsulo of Dedza, who was ordained in 1937 and became View Apostolic in 1956, One member of the new Hierarchies has yet to be consecrated. He is Bishop Fiirstenberg. who was appointed Vicar Apostolic of Abercorn only last December. He will be consecrated at his home town of Iserlohn, Germany. on June 29 by Archbishop Jager of Paderborn.
The Pope has also appointed another African bishop. He is Fr. Joseph Nkongolo, who becomes titular Bishop of I.ehedus and first Vicar Apostolic of Luebo in the Belgian Congo.