Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:52 - Updated Wed, 30 Apr 2014 08:52
Ministerial departments regret Archbishop Franklin's death
Luanda - The Ministries of Assistance and Social Reintegration (MINARS), of Energy and Water (MINEA) and the provincial government of Cabinda expressed, in a condolence notes sent to Angop, their deepest grief and sympathy for the death on Monday in South Africa of the Archbishop of Luanda Dom Damião Franklin, victim of disease.
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Archbishop of Luanda, Dom Damião Franklin
In MINARS note, signed by the incumbent minister João Baptista Kussumua, it reads that it was with deepest grief and sympathy that this ministerial department learnt about the death of his Excellency the Archbishop Dom Damião António Franklin.
"Prominent figure of the Catholic Church in Angola, Dom Damião António Franklin outstood with elevated responsibility in the field of pastoral action, having also engaged himself in the implementation of the Angolan Catholic University, thus showing his great concern about the development and promotion of the human person in all his dimensions", reads the note.
In another note, the Ministry of Energy and Water and employees also manifest their consternation for the death of the Archbishop of Luanda.
Angop also received condolence messages from the provincialç government of Cabinda, expressing its deepest grief and sympathy to the mourning family and Catholic Church, hoping that hs soul rests in peace.
"The son of Cabinda province, D. Damião Franklin since very early age answered the call of Crhrist, serving him as priest, bishop and archbishop in various domains of the life of the Catholic Church until the time of his death ", reads the note.
D. Damião Franklin studied in the seminars of Cabinda between 1960 and 1962, Luanda from 1968 to 1972 and Huambo in 1972/1975.
He graduated in Dogmatic Theology in 1978 in Rome, Italy, where he was sent in 1976.
Damião Franklin was born in Cabinda, Angola, and ordained to the priesthood on June 1978. D. Damião Franklin studied in the seminars of Cabinda between 1960 and 1962, Luanda from 1968 to 1972 and Huambo in 1972/1975. He graduated in Dogmatic Theology in 1978 in Rome, Italy, where he was sent in 1976.
On May 29, 1992, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Luanda and Titular Bishop of Falerone. He received his episcopal consecration on the following July 12 from Alexandre Cardinal do Nascimento, with Archbishop Eduardo Muaca and Félix del Blanco Prieto serving as co-consecrators.
Franklin was later named Archbishop of Luanda on January 23, 2001. He also serves as President of the Episcopal Conference of Angola-São Tomé. He has lamented the corruption in his country, saying, "Much of Angola's wealth goes on weapons. Some goes on extravagance like this new presidential palace which is hardly ever used. Huge sums simply vanish, into private hands".
In parallel, he was the Rector of the Catholic University of Angola.
He served as a secretary to Peter Cardinal Turkson at the special Synod of Bishops for Africa in October 2009.
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