Jesús María López Mauleón, Augustinian Recollect, takes office as the first bishop of the upper Xingú prelature, based in Tucum
The atmosphere couldn't have been more festive. The crowd sang the hymns with a loud voice and enthusiasm, as the rites of the celebration of Mass and the inauguration were solemnly performed.
The homily was given by the Apostolic Nuncio Giovanni d'Aniello, who expressed his joy, as the whole Church, for having a new bishop, and congratulated the people for having achieved the creation of the new Prelature. He encouraged everyone to be salt and light to others, but with works. He vowed that the testimony of the new Prelature will be made through love. Addressing the new prelate López Mauleón, he referred to his episcopal motto "Servant of the Word" and encouraged him to build and transform the life of the Prelature by the "word". He said, "Jesus Maria, you are not alone. There's a clergy and a town that supports you. A Prelature is like a child who can grow up. You're a young, dynamic bishop. We are certain that you will do well, like St Augustine in his episcopal duties. Today there is a bridge between Brasilia and Tucum. You're not going to lack my love or prayer. I carry a hug of yours for the Pope." These words were interrupted several times by the applause of the people.
After the homily Monsignor Jesús María López Mauleón made the profession of faith and then an indigenous family of San Félix de Xingú and another of Tucuma carried fruits typical of their location.
The Eucharistic celebration continued according to the rites established in the Liturgy.
At the end of the Mass, a layman welcomed his bishop with these words:
"Welcome to our family to bring us the gift of forgiveness and hope. May you live with enthusiasm your role as messenger of the good news. You have a great challenge in front of you, but we will help you in your work. May you work with love and always remain faithful. Always count on us."
Then Father Mateus, after a few words, gave him a key to the Church as a gift.
After this Archbishop Bernardo Johannes Bahlmann, Bishop of Abidos and President of Regional North 2, made the presentation of the bishops present and comments on how Jesús María López Mauleón has enriched the CNBB and thanks the nuncio for its simplicity and fraternity, and addresses the new prelate and comments that a new Church has been created to improve.
"Mauleón, you are the first bishop. It's God's grace to you. God has given us a shower of blessings. We support you. Love and do what you want, but love!"
When he took the floor, Monsignor Mauleón, introduced his family to the friars from all over the world, among them several Augustinian bishops, the prior general Miguel Miró, the provincial prior of San Nicolás de Tolentino and that of St. Thomas of Villanueva and other friars from Ceará, the Amazon and Belén do Pará. He also alluded to some small groups who wanted to accompany him from Fortaleza and other parts of Brazil. Then, among other things, he said:
"My first look at my wife, the Prelature, which captivates my heart and brightens my soul. Let us all come together to thank God with a round of applause... I took as my episcopate a phrase of St Augustine: Servant of your Word. The word of Christ is not chained." and he underscored a few Augustinian thoughts as what he desires to be his pastoral work as a bishop. He underlined the idea of creators of communion for a comprehensive evangelization. He ended up thanking everyone who prepared the party.
The new ecclesiastical jurisdiction, the Prelature of Upper Xingu, segregated from the prelature of Xingu, recently converted into a diocese, is formed by the municipalities of Tucuma, S. Félix do Xingu, Bannach, Agua Azul do Norte, Cumaru do Norte and Ouril-ndia do Norte. The population of the Prelature is close to 250,000 inhabitants and in its territory inhabit about 5,000 indigenous people.
The headquarters of the Prelature of Upper Xingu is Tucum, whose population revolves around 40,000 inhabitants and the cathedral church is Our Lady of Aparecida. The Prelature has four parishes and three pastoral missionary areas. The clergy shortage is large.