VATICAN CITY OCTOBER 16, 2015(CISA) – Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Titus Joseph Mdoe, Auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Dar-Es-Salaam Tanzania, as the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mtwara.
The diocese has a population 884,000, 75,800Catholics, 41 priests and 306 religious.
The new bishop succeeds Bishop Gabriel Mmole, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.
Pope Francis has also appointed Fr George Desmond Tambala, O.C.D., as bishop of the Catholic diocese of Zomba.
The diocese has an area of 3,232 square kilometers and a population 822,450, 232,976 Catholics, 42 priests and 81 religious.
The bishop-elect was born in Zomba, Malawi in 1968, gave his religious vows in 1991 and was ordained a priest in 1996.
He holds a licentiate in theology, has served in a number of roles within his order, and has been a seminary professor and president of the Association of Superiors Major in Malawi. He is currently definitor general of the Carmelites.