Today (2 February 2013), l'Osservatore Romano published the news that the Holy Father has appointed me Apostolic Nuncio in Uganda.
After more than seven years in Benin and Togo, I will be making another move. It means leaving West Africa and many friendships built up over the last years and going to East Africa. It also means leaving many things unfinished but with the confidence that someone will continue the work and with a gentle reminder from the Lord that any good that I have done is His work and not mine. It will mean making a switch back to English and perhaps even learning a bit of Swahili. The ancient scripture text that inspired the Church's mission from early centuries lives on today and now touches me personally: "The LORD said to Abram: 'Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk and from your father's house to a land that I will show you'" (Genesis 12, 1).
I accept this new assignment with my whole heart and with gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for the confidence he places in me. Please join me in praying that I may continue to serve the Church in this mission that God's grace entrusts to me.
God bless you all.
In the Divine Word,
+Michael Blume, SVD