BURURI April 21st (ABP) – The diocese of Bururi proceeded on Saturday April 18 to the episcopal sacrament of Archbishop Salvator Niciteretse, who comes to replace Archbishop Venant Bacinoni who has retired. He is thus the 4th bishop of the diocese of Bururi, his predecessors being Mgr. Joseph Martin (November 1961-November 1973), Mgr. Bernard Bududira (November 1973-November 2005) and Mgr. Venant Bacinoni (September 2007-September 2020) respectively.
The diocese of Bururi, which was born with 124,349 Catholic Christians, currently has 675,610 Christians, 26 parishes, 203 priests and 1,428 catechists. That diocese has vast projects for the development of the country and intends to enlarge the family of Christians by creating other parishes, building and equipping trade schools, health centers, centers for the handicapped, supporting the vulnerable like the oldest, and consolidate families.
The Archbishop of the Diocese of Bujumbura, Mgr. Gervais Banshimiyubusa who sacred the new bishop of Bururi, said that a leader should not stay in the office. Rather, he must live on the road of the world, be a man of unity and a simple servant of others. He advised the new bishop to care for the people of God without distinction or discrimination.
After receiving the symbols from a newly sacred bishop, Archbishop Salvator Niciteretse went to sit in a chair intended for the bishops and led the rest of the mass.
In his speech, he thanked the pope who chose him from several servants of God and promised him respect. In his priority projects, he will do everything to bring together the people of God, unify them and promote justice. “I will establish justice where it is absent, I will fight division, hatred and all forms of discrimination to install unity,” he promised.
As a thank you, the Christians of Bururi offered him a dairy cow.
Note that the episcopal sacrament ceremonies saw the participation of senior officials of the country, including the Senate President, Mr. Révérien Ndikuriyo who represented the government; the general secretary of the CNDD FDD party, General Evariste Ndayishimiye; the First Deputy President of the National Assembly, Mr. Agathon Rwasa; the former Burundi Head of State, Mr. Domitien Ndayizeye; the senators and deputies elected in the riding of Bururi, certain members of the government, nationals of the Bururi province and a crowd of people who attended the ceremonies of episcopal sacrament.