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Central African archbishop elected: The Church of England Newspaper, March 4, 2011 p 7. March 8, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of Central Africa.

Archbishop Albert Chama of Central Africa

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Bishop of Northern Zambia, the Rt. Rev. Albert Chama, has been elected primate of the Church of the Province of Central Africa.

The report of the election was made last week by Bishop William Muchombo, the acting provincial secretary, who stated the election took place at a meeting of the church’s House of Bishops held on Feb 17 in Harare.  Bishop Chama was chosen from among four candidates standing for election to succeed Archbishop Bernard Malango.

The province has been without a primate since the retirement of Archbishop Malango in 2007.  The Central African canons stipulate that a primate may not be elected if there are any vacancies in the province’s episcopal sees.  Disputes over the elections of bishops in Lake Malawi and Northern Malawi have delayed the election of a successor.

The new archbishop, who attended the 2009 and 2011 primates meeting will be seated as primate and archbishop in the coming months at a service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.  High on the agenda for Archbishop-elect Chama will be the on-going dispute in the Diocese of Harare and the persecution of the church in Zimbabwe, the church’s role in politics, and pressures for the division of the province with Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe forming their own Anglican provinces—a move that has been on hold since the collapse of Zimbabwe.

NB: On March 7, the province announced the installation of Archbishop Chama will take place on Sunday March 20 in Lusaka.


1. lovemore zulu - March 9, 2011

let the new archbishop promote high services in the province of central africa which has died due to promotion of modern way of worshiping.Traditional way of worshiping has been neglected due to allowing young priests to emitate pentecoastals style of service

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