Page 10, 27th October 1939

27th October 1939
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Page 10, 27th October 1939 — FOUR NATIVES TO BE CONSECRATED "THEY NEVER TRIED TO MAKE US EUROPEANS" Negroes' Praise of White Fathers
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FOUR NATIVES TO BE CONSECRATED "THEY NEVER TRIED TO MAKE US EUROPEANS" Negroes' Praise of White Fathers

Two missionary bishops who are of the Negro race will be consecrated by Pope Pius XII on Sunday.

The ceremony will take place in St. Peter's on the occasion of the Feast of Christ the King, and altogether twelve missionary bishops

will be consecrated by His Holiness, including the two Negroes, an Indian and a Chinese priest.

The Negroes are Bishop-Elect the Reverend Joseph Kiwanuka, of Uganda, and Mgr. Ignacius Ramarosandratana, of Madagascar. The Indian is Mgr. Rocco Agniswami, and the Chinese is Mgr. Thomas Tien.

HAS ALWAYS BEEN CHRISTIAN Fr. Kiwanuka, who was born into the Christian faith, is at present Apostolic Delegate of Masaka. In an interview he expressed admiration for the missionary Order of the White Fathers, who encouraged him to enter the priesthood, declaring: " They never tried to turn us into Llack-skinned Europeans."

Fr. Kiwanuka will be the first African-born BiShop of Uganda. His bishopric comprises an area of 10,000 square miles with a total poulation of 180,000, of whom 102,000 are Catholics. There are 43 native-born priests and 63 Catholic schools.

Mgr. Ramarosandratana, who was born in Madagascar, will be consecrated Bishop of Mianinarivo.—B.U.P.




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