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Bishop of Dundo says 'Luanda Leaks' case confirmed church alert in 2016

Dundo's bishop, Estanislau Chindecasse, says the 'Luanda Leaks' case confirms the Angolan Bishops' Conference's warning in 2016 that the country's worsening poverty was due to "a lack of ethics".


To this factor, the bishops, in the note entitled 'What we have seen and heard', added the "mismanagement of public money and widespread corruption" in the country.

In statements released this Tuesday by the AIS (Aid to the Church in Need) Foundation, Estanislau Chindecasse considered that "one of the points [in the note from the Episcopal Conference] was about the economic crisis that was already going on and that was not due to the fall in the price of oil, but was [the result of a question] of ethics, of a moral crisis, and also where nepotism, impunity, was denounced".

In this note, published in March 2016, the bishops blamed those in power in Luanda for the "dramatic" increase in the mortality rate due to "neglect of public and preventive health," underscoring the basic living conditions of the people who had to face the lack of "sanitation," "public and private hygiene," the distribution of drinking water and the "accumulation of garbage," especially in urban environments.

"We could not talk," said the bishop of Dundo, to whom, what the documents revealed by the international consortium of journalists about alleged financial schemes involving, among others, the businesswoman Isabel dos Santos, daughter of former President José Eduardo dos Santos, confirm "what some thought existed.

"The situation is worrying, not to say serious," added the prelate, quoted by the AIS Foundation.

In the statements released this Tuesday, the bishop of Dundo also warned of the needs of his diocese, particularly with regard to the training of priests and admitted the possibility of cooperation with Portuguese dioceses.

"We were thinking of knocking on the door of one or another diocese in Portugal to see if they could receive two or three candidates to have a theological and spiritual formation in the context of a more organized church and then bring that experience to our diocese which is actually quite young," said the bishop.

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