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Vatican: Rwanda bishop has resigned

Vatican: Rwanda bishop has resigned

A Rwanda bishop has resigned, the Vatican announced, a move an official said was due to "serious financial problems" at his diocese.
The Vatican official said the financial problems had prompted tensions within the diocese and health problems for the bishop, Kizito Bahujimihigo of Kibungo.
There was no immediate response from the bishop to phone calls from The Associated Press on Sunday.
The Vatican official declined to give details about the extent of the crisis or whether Bahujimihigo himself was personally implicated or whether any legal action was under way.
Bahujimihigo is only 55 _ 20 years younger than the normal retirement age for bishops _ yet is now considered a retired bishop, entitled to a pension, the official said.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to give the reason behind the resignation.
In announcing the resignation Friday, the Vatican only cited the code of canon law under which Bahujimihigo had stepped down: It's an article that allows for a bishop to resign if he is ill or because "some other grave reason" makes him "unsuited for the fulfillment of his office."
Bahujimihigo had been named to the Kibungo post in 2007 and has been a bishop since 1998. Born in Rwamagana in 1954, he was ordained in 1980.


Updated : 2021-05-13 10:49 GMT+08:00