Pope Francis has appointed Zomba Bishop Thomas Msusa as Archbishop for Blantyre Archdiocese replacing Archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye who was transferred to Lilongwe Archdiocese.
No immediate replacement for Zomba diocese when the announcement was made on Thursday.
Reads the statement from the Vatican Embassy in Malawi: “The Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Malawi is pleased to announce that His Holiness Pope FRANCIS has appointed the Right Reverend THOMAS LUKE MSUSA Archbishop of Blantyre, transferring him from the Episcopal See of Zomba. The announcement will be made today, Thursday, 21 November 2013 at noontime in the Vatican.
“The Right Reverend Montfort Stima, Auxiliary Bishop of Blantyre and currently Diocesan Administrator of the Archdiocese, remains in charge of the Archdiocese up until Rt. Rev. Thomas Msusa will take possession of the Archiepiscopal See of Blantyre.”
Bishop Msusa was born on February 2 1962 and ordained priest of the Missionaries of Society of Mary (SMM) or Montfort Fathers on August 3 1996.
He was appointed Bishop of Zomba on December 19 2003 and ordained Bishop of Zomba on April 17 2004. He was appointed Archbishop of Blantyre on November 21 2013.
His Lordship Msusa will have to be installed Archbishop of Blantyre Archdiocese where he will be given the full control of the Archdiocese. Vatican will have to hunt for another bishop for Zomba.
Mangochi diocese will also “soon” fall vacant as Bishop Allesandro Pagani is retiring any time soon.