With territory taken from the Diocese of Buea, making it a suffragan of the metropolitan see of Bamenda, the new diocese has a population of some 564,000 with about 200,000 of them being Catholic. They are served by just 38 priests and 44 religious.
The Holy Father also appointed 52 years old Bishop Agapitus Enuyehnyoh Nfon as pioneer Bishop of the newly created Kumba diocese. Until his appointment, he was serving as the auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda.
New Bishop for Ngaoundere
The head of the Roman Catholic Church equally appointed Msgr. Emmanuel Abbo as bishop of the Ngaoundere diocese which was orphaned in January 2015. Until his appointment, the 47 years old was serving as apostolic administrator of the same diocese.
The Diocese of Ngaoundere has just 44,000 Catholics in a population of more than one million. They are served by some 35 priests, 10 permanent deacons, and about 100 religious.