POPE Francis has appointed a new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Port Elizabeth. The pontiff made the announcement at the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Rome. Monsignor Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, 47, was on Sunday unveiled as the successor of Bishop Michael Coleman, who died in December 2011. Monsignor Brendan Deenihan, the apostolic administrator of the diocese, said: “We are thrilled at the news. The diocese has been without a bishop for 2½ years.”
Br. Vincent Mduduzi Zungu, OFM, was born on April 28, 1966, in the village of Mbongolwane, in the Diocese of Eshowe. He studied philosophy and theology at the Major Seminary of St. John Vianney in Pretoria and entered the Franciscan Order on January 18, 1988; he later made his simple profession on January 19, 1989, and his solemn vows on July 2, 1994. He obtained a Licentiate in Moral Theology at the Catholic University of Strasbourg, France (2001-2005) and ordained a priest on July 8, 1995. Br. Zungu, who belongs to the Order of Friars Minor, has been in Rome for the past two years serving as the order’s general definitor.