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Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini hands Bishop Nathan Gasatura the bishop's staff
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Rwanda Anglican bishops preparing Holy Communion
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Various religious leaders gathered to consecrate Bishop Nathan Gasatura of Butare Diocese
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Steer to Education, Health and Development - Archbishop Kolini
by Grace Mugabe
RWANDA 090114-1
January 14, 2009

[L'Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda - Rwanda] "Steer to health, education and development for the good of the church." These were the words of Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini to Nathan Gasatura, the newly elected Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Butare. Archbishop Kolini was addressing the people who attended the consecration of Bishop of Butare, His Lordship Bishop Nathan Gasatura on 11 January 2009.

The prelate advised the new bishop to ensure transformation in his diocese for the sake of building the society. He urged him to work hard in an attempt to lead saints to green pastures. “God is the only answer for what you intend to achieve in your new assignment,” he said, adding that God’s prayer is a remedy for an achievement.

For his part, the newly elected Bishop Nathan Gasatura told the congregation that he would use the national development strategic plan to execute diocesan work. The national strategic plan scales down Vision 2020, which the Rwandan government is using to cultivate a path for national development.

The colorful ceremony, which was graced by Rwandan Prime Minister Bernard Mukaza, was attended by religious leaders from Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Congo, the US and Holland.

In his message to the gathering, the Honorable Bernard Makuza hailed the Anglican Church of Rwanda for tremendous work, and pledged to continue working with the church for national development.

The Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda has consecrated two new bishops. Bishop Augustin Ahimana was consecrated as the Bishop of a new Diocese of Kivu on 21 December 2008.