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KHOARAI Card. Sebastian Koto, O.M.I.


Cardinal Sebastian Koto Khoarai, O.M.I., Bishop emeritus of Mohale’s Hoek, Lesotho, was born in Koaling, in the diocese of Leribe, Lesotho, on September 11th, 1929.

He entered the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and was ordained a priest on December 21st, 1956.

He was raised to the episcopate on November 10th, 1977 as ordinary of Mohale’s Hoek, receiving consecration on April 2nd, 1978.

In May 2006 he submitted his resignation upon reaching the age limit, but remianed as apostolic administrator of the diocese untill February 2014.

From 1982 to 1987 he served as president of the Episcopal Conference of Lesotho.

He is Lesotho's first Cardinal.

Created and proclaimed Cardinal by Pope Francis in the consistory of 19 November 2016, titular church of San Leonardo da Porto Maurizio ad Acilia.