But Ombeni stressed that he would never say one Catholic community is better than the other, and each has its own riches to share with the universal Church.
“I am here to see another way of living in the Church,” he explained. “I know I have a responsibility. I was sent here to share what I learned here with my people.”
He underlined the importance of inculturation, urging people to avoid prejudice. Faith must be reciprocal, he said, with Catholics understanding both that “someone else has something to give me, and I have something to give.”
Ombeni acknowledged what his diocese has received from the Catholic faith in Europe, for example, noting his gratitude to the missionary priests who have served in his home country.