Diocese of Lebombo

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Diocese of Lebombo
Ecclesiastical provinceMozambique and Angola
CathedralCathedral of St. Augustine, Maciene
Current leadership
BishopCarlos Matsinhe
Anglican Diocese of Lebombo at the ACSA Official Website

The Diocese of Lebombo (pt. Diocese Anglicana dos Libombos) is a diocese in the Anglican Church of Mozambique and Angola.[a] It is one of the three Anglican dioceses of Mozambique. This diocese is the most southerly of the three, the others being the Diocese of Niassa and the Diocese of Nampula.


The diocese was a result of the British missionary activity in Portuguese Mozambique, in the 19th century. The first bishop nominated of the Anglican Diocese of Lebombo was William Edmund Smyth, in 1893, who would be in functions until 1912. Only after the beginning of the war of independence between Portugal and the FRELIMO, the diocese would have his first Portuguese language bishop, Daniel Pina Cabral, a white European born prelate. Pina Cabral developed friendly relationships with the Roman Catholic bishops of Mozambique and established contact with members of the FRELIMO. He would be in office from 1969 to 1976, shortly after the independence. He was succeeded by the first Mozambican-born black bishop, Dinis Sengulane, in office from 1976 to 2014. He was succeeded by Carlos Matsinhe.[1]


The seat of the diocesan bishop is the Cathedral of St Augustine in Maciene in Mozambique. The largest city in the diocese is Maputo.

The diocese is divided into 6 archdeaconries: Inhambane District, Limpopo, Maciene, Maputo District, Pungoe and Umbeluzi.

There are advanced plans for the division of the diocese into three separate dioceses.[2] At the 2012 Provincial Synod of the Church of Southern Africa these plans were first discussed in detail,[3] and as an interim measure two new episcopal areas were to be created in Lebombo Diocese, with two Area Bishops appointed to work with the Diocesan Bishop.[4] The 21st session of the diocesan synod, meeting in October 2015, confirmed these plans, and also stated that the new dioceses would be named Inhambane and Pungue.[2]

List of Bishops[edit]


  1. ^ This diocese was formerly part of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa
  1. ^ ""Acolhi a nomeação com surpresa e agrado, Domingo, 19 October 2014 (Portuguese)". Archived from the original on 25 February 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Lebombo Synod (21st Session)". Angola London Mozambique Association. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  3. ^ Burrell 2012.
  4. ^ MANNA 2012.
  5. ^ GHC 2010.
  6. ^ "Diocese of Lebombo". ALMA link. Archived from the original on 26 October 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2022.


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