VATICAN: Pope Appoints Apostolic Nuncio to Burundi and Bishop of the Diocese Of San In Mali

By Paschal Norbert

VATICAN, OCTOBER 8, 2021 (CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed Rev Msgr Dieudonné Datonou, Nunciature Counsellor, as the Apostolic Nuncio in Burundi, and Rev Hassa Florent Koné, as the bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of San, Mali, the Holy See Press Office published on October 7.

Msgr Dieudonné Datonou was elevated to the Titular See of Vico Equense, with the dignity of Archbishop. He was born in Dékanmè, Benin, on March 3, 1962.
He was ordained a priest on December 7, 1989, and incardinated in the Catholic Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotonou, Benin.

Msgr Datonou joined the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on July 1, 1995, and has worked in the Pontifical Representations in Angola, Ecuador, Cameroon, Iran, India, and El Salvador and the Section for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State in the Vatican.

He holds a degree in Utroque Iure. He speaks French, Italian, English, German, Spanish and Portuguese.

New Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San, Mali
The Holy Father also appointed Rev Hassa Florent Koné, as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of San, Mali.

Msgr Hassa Florent Koné, until now rector of St. Augustin Major Seminary of Bamako, was born on February 17, 1969, in Mina, in the Catholic Diocese of Ségou. He joined the minor seminary of Togo from 1983 to 1986. He attended Pius XII Seminary and Prosper Kamara High School of Bamako from 1986 to 1989.

In 1996, he completed his studies in philosophy and theology at St. Augustin Major Seminary of Bamako and was ordained a priest for the Catholic Diocese of San on September 8, 1996.

Msgr Koné was the parish vicar in Sokoura from 1996 to 2005; head of Liturgy, for the PP.OO.MM. and Catholic Action Movements; member of the diocesan finance council from 1997 to 2005; secretary of the diocesan Commission for Liturgy from 1999 to 2005; and head of the diocesan choir and secretary of the National Commission for Liturgy from 2000 to 2005.

In 2011, he was awarded a doctorate in liturgy from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome and continued his training at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in the same year. Since 2014, he has also served as general treasurer of the Union of Priests of Mali and professor of traditional communication at the Université Catholique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest – Unité Universitaire of Bamako (UCAO-UUBA).