Masvingo Diocese Bishop Michael Bhasera resigns
Masvingo(New Ziana) – Roman Catholic Church Masvingo Diocese Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera has resigned, the church has confirmed, ending speculation which had swirled in the last few days.
The cleric had been a bishop in the church for 23 years, and served in a number of regions in the country.
Reasons for Bishop Bhasera’s resignation have not been revealed, but the church his departure had been accepted by Pope Francis, the Roman Catholic’s highest authority.
He is 73, and ordinarily bishops in the church step down at 75.
“His Holiness Pope Francis has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Masvingo presented by the right Reverend Bishop Michael Dixon Bhasera,” the church said.
“Pending the nomination of a new bishop, the Most Reverend Robert Christopher Ndlovu, Archbishop of Harare, has been appointed Apostolic Administrator and nuntum Sanctae Sedis of the Masvingo Diocese.”
Bishop Bhasera has been in the service of the Roman Catholic Church for over three decades.
He was previously the Bishop of Gokwe Diocese in 1991 and later was appointed Bishop of Masvingo Diocese when it was established in 1999.
Bishop Bhasera was born on the 11th of November 1949 in Gutu, Masvingo.
Son of Philip Muzorori Bhasera and Theresa (Kowerai) Zifodya, Bhasera became a priest on August 19, 1978 and has been serving the RCC since then.