Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People
on the Move
N° 104, August 2007
PONTIFICIO CONSIGLIO DELLA PASTORALE
MIGRANTI E GLI ITINERANTI
Il Santo Padre, in data 28
giugno 2007, ha nominato “ad quinquennium” Sotto-Segretario del nostro
Pontificio Consiglio, il Reverendo Monsignore Novatus Rugambwa,
Consigliere della Nunziatura Apostolica in Indonesia.
Superiore vanno gli auguri di tutti i componenti del Dicastero, con
l’assicurazione della preghiera.
CURRICULUM VITAE OF MONSIGNOR NOVATUS RUGAMBWA
on 8th October 1957 as the second child of Mr. Benedict
and Mrs. Leocadia Rwechungura, Novatus was baptized on 3rd
November 1957 in Bukoba, Tanzania.
received his lower primary education at Nyakatare Catholic Primary
School in Bukoba from 1964 to 1968 when he was admitted to the
Preparatory Seminary of Rutabo in Bukoba Diocese, where he completed
his upper primary education in 1971.
1972 to 1975 Novatus Rugambwa received his ordinary level secondary
school education at St. Mary Minor Seminary, Rubya in Bukoba,
followed by the High School Education at Itaga Minor Seminary in
Tabora, Central Tanzania, from 1976 – 1977.
1978 Novatus joined the mandatory military service which was
obligatory for all Tanzanians who have accomplished the High School
1979 – 1981 Novatus was admitted to Ntungamo Regional Major Seminary
in Bukoba Tanzania for studies in Philosophy.
1984: Novatus Rugambwa frequented the Pontifical Urban University in
Rome, obtaining the BA degree in Theology.
-1986: He taught at St. Mary Seminary, Rubya, and helped in the
pastoral work at Nshamba Parish in Bukoba Diocese.
January 1986: he was ordained a deacon by His Excellency Bishop
Nestor Timanywa, Bishop of Bukoba, in the “Mater Misericordiae”
Cathedral Church of Bukoba.
July 1986: Deacon Novatus was ordained to the priesthood and was
incardinated in the Diocese of Bukoba, Tanzania. He was appointed
Assistant Parish Priest at Nshamba Parish in the same diocese.
1991: Father Rugambwa was admitted to the Pontifical Ecclesiastical
Academy in Rome for courses in the Pontifical Diplomacy and,
simultaneously, frequented the Pontifical Urban University where he
obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law.
Rugambwa joined the Diplomatic service of the Holy See in July 1991
and has served in the following countries:
1991 – 1994: Panama, Central America
1994 – 1997: Congo Brazzaville in Central Africa
1997 – 2000: Pakistan in South West Asia
2000 – 2004: New Zealand and Oceania
2004 – 2007: Indonesia in South East Asia
June 2007, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, appointed him as
Under-Secretary of the Pontifical Council of the Pastoral Care for
Migrants and Itinerant People.