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Kenyans, after elections, the sun will still rise


Kenyans, after elections, the sun will still rise

We have watched "them" in these last months, "strut and fret their hour in the stage" as they make more promises and spin more mysteries. They wish us to believe we will have no future without them... and that the sun will not rise if they don't get the crown on the 8th August 2017! Are they really the ones who will determine whether this country goes in flames or prospers in peace? Are we really so hopeless as not to decide and make this country ours again? Most certainly not!

Unfortunately they have sown a seed of fear and anxiety among us, Kenyans. I have watched as certain families discretely withdraw away from their voting areas into areas they sense to be more safe.

In his bitter pessimism of Macbeth, Shakespeare shows how fleeting our moments of fake glory: "all our yesterdays have lighted fools, the way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle. Life is a passing shadow..."? The doom of all who place their hope in false saviours, who like Pharaoh wish to imprison us in their violent agenda.

The build up of the tension in these days leading towards the election, and after, probes our hearts on whether we believe in God, and whether we believe in humanity. Whether we are putting a God factor as we vote. We vote for peace!

How I wish every Kenyan, believers as we are, could hear in the depth of his or her heart the strong voice of God, that we can and must keep peace; that we must resist any form of violence, any form of hatred...Yes, I believe in Gods power, and his care. I also believe in the goodness of humanity. True, given a chance and properly misdirected, we bring out the worst of ourselves. Yet, yes, I dare say, I believe deep down in man there lies a seed of goodness, which must be let to blossom. Even in the hearts of those leaders who seem to be championing war cries!

Prophets of doom have broadcasted strife as "inevitable". Allow me to also add my small voice, that we can choose to do what they have called "impossible" and make Peace prevail even after whatever results! Doom will only befall those who will let it ensnare them.

We can freely choose to reject being lured into the spell of violence! We are the ones to determine the future. That is why we cannot let anyone decide for us, and lead us on the path of 2007! We must be heralds of hope, warriors for peace, and rebels resisting any war cry! We bear in our hands the future of our lives, and that of our children! Tomorrow, the sun will rise!!

Poets do certainly have a streak of prophesy, and yet in their words we still find strong realism. Are Kenyans capable of waking up from this make belief that our world will end with the election or failure of a specific candidate?

We give them our votes but not our lives. They can determine our laws but not control us to do harm to one another. We must reject becoming slaves to build their Pyramids of wealth and death.

We must wake up and discern whether our children, for whom we vote for, deserve our courage to stand for peace at all costs.... Disputes can and ought to be resolved through the set forums, not in the street, and certainly not by settling scores that don't exist! The battles of democracy are sorted out through democratic avenues... This is the legacy of democracy we pray and hope for!

An unknown poet Jerry Ham recently rewrote a poem, written by hundreds before him: "tomorrow the Sun will rise".

The sun will rise tomorrow,
this day will soon be past.
And though it seems unlikely,
today's trials will not last.
Today it may seem hard,
and the future we can't see.
I take comfort in the thought
that God will strengthen me.
The storm is howling fiercely,
and I want to run away.
But the sun will rise tomorrow,
and will bring a brand new day.

Kenyans, the sun will rise tomorrow!

The sun will rise the day after the elections! No matter who wins, or loses whichever seat, the Sun will not depend on him... I must decide this time round, I will be the doorkeeper of Peace and Harmony no matter what....

Archbishop Anthony Muheria
Catholic Archbishop of Nyeri.
Apostolic Administrator
Kitui & Machakos diocese

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:3

Press Statement

 

make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Eph. 4:3
Fellow Kenyans and the entire family of God in Kenya, we the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops come to you today to congratulate you who braved long queues for several hours to cast their ballots to determine their leaders for the next five years. In a special way, we applaud the people of Kenya for conducting yourselves with calmness and sobriety during the electoral process. This is true patriotism in exercising your democratic right. 
We take this opportunity to congratulate the President elect H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta on receiving the elective mandate to lead the Country for the Second Term. In the same breath we congratulate the other Presidential Candidates on participating in these elections. We applaud them for conducting themselves with sobriety during this elections process. 
We take this opportunity to recognise and congratulate the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) on conducting these elections amidst the challenges that the Commission faced. 
However, we wish to state as follows:
1. We appeal to the President-Elect and his Government to move with speed to heal and unite the Country which is seemingly divided after emotive electioneering period. We hope that no community will be blacklisted, isolated or profiled on account of who they supported during these elections or where they come from. 
2. We urge all politicians to be sensitive and ensure that their choice of words and way of communication promotes unity, peace and reconciliation. 
3. While we appreciate our Security agencies for ensuring law and order during the polls, we appeal to them to restrain themselves from using excessive force in handling crowds and respect the sanctity of life in their line of duty. We have received disturbing reports of loss of human lives and destruction of property in some parts of the country. We once again emphasize that no life should be lost because of an election. We once again appeal to the security agents to protect Kenyans and their property. 
4. Now that elections are complete and the IEBC has declared the results for Presidential and other elective positions, we take note with a lot of concerns the grievances raised on the whole electoral process. We therefore, implore and urge any aggrieved parties to use legal means as provided in the Constitution to seek redress.
Finally Kenyans, elections are over. We thank you once again for playing your part and call on you to maintain peace and tolerance at all times. We urge you to go about your normal business and leave the relevant institutions to handle any issues related to this election. We your Bishops are available to walk with you as your Shepherds and assure you of our prayers and support at all times.

On behalf of all Catholic Bishops of Kenya,

Signed by 12th August 2017

_________________________
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
Chairman,
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops

Archbishop elect Anthony Muheria accepts his appointment with gratitude

Archbishop elect of Nyeri Most Rev. Anthony Muheria has expressed gratitude to Pope Francis and the people involved in his appointment process for considering him worthy to lead the flock in the Archdiocese of Nyeri.


In an interview with Waumini Communications, Archbishop elect Anthony Muheria said, “it is a great sign of trust that the Lord has shown through The Holy Father, the Nuncio and all those who considered it worthy that I  serve in Nyeri Archdiocese.”

Bishop Muheria who received the news of his appointment with shock and surprise said, his expectation was that, Pope Francis would appoint a Bishop for Machakos Diocese where he has been serving as an Apostolic Administrator.

“I have been praying and hoping that the Holy Father will appoint a Bishop for Machakos Diocese” He said

Though heartbroken to leave the people of Kitui, Bishop Muheria expressed his love for the Archdiocese of Nyeri adding that he is looking forward to learn and work together with the Priests and the people of Nyeri in continuing the work of the current Archbishop.

“Nyeri is a diocese that I have a great love for, I am in touch with Archbishop Peter Kairo who nurtured me as a young priest.  I am glad that the Lord has sent me there and I am looking forward to work together with the people there.” He said.

Bishop Muheria together with the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan Charles D. Balvo and Nyeri Archbishop Peter Kairo are now planning for an official visit to meet the priests and the faithful of Nyeri ahead of his installation which will be communicated at a later date.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Muheria as Nyeri Archbishop

Pope Francis has appointed His Lordship Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria to head the Archdiocese of Nyeri. The episcopal appointment was made public in an announcement sent to bishops and archbishops in the country yesterday. Bishop Muheri is currently serving as the Bishop of Kitui and Apostolic Administrator, Catholic Diocese of Machakos.

"On behalf of the Apostolic Nuncio, I have the honour and pleasure to inform you that Pope Francis has appointed the Right Reverend Anthony Muheria as Archbishop of Nyeri," stated the communication addressed to all archbishops and bishops in the country. His appointment comes in following the retirement of Archbishop Peter Kairo. After attaining the retirement age of 75 years in September last year, Archbishop Kairo wrote to the Vatican seeking to leave office.

Bishop Muheria will officially take charge after he receives the pallium, which according to United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, "is a sign of office in the Latin Church worn by the pope and by metropolitan archbishops. "It is a white woolen band formed into a circle, which lies over the shoulders, with bands extending down the front and the back."

Some of the major projects done by Bishop Muheria in Kitui include and not limited to are: Opening of St. Teresas Catechetical Centre, St. John Paul II institute of Professional studies, Ongoing construction of Our Lady of Protection shrine, Museve, St. John Eudes Rehabilitation centre, Radio Thome, Primary Premium Program, Opening of two parishes (Mbondoni and Museve) and also construction of churches/mission houses among others.

Congratulations on your new appointment.

Bishop Muheria Launches Diocesan Lenten Campaign

Kenyans have been called upon to embrace peace and pray for peaceful elections as well strive to make Kenya a peaceful, prosperous and a stable Country by promoting dialogue, reconciliation and forgiveness 

In his homily during the Launch of 2017 Diocesan Lenten Campaign on 5th, March, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Parish, Kabati, His Lordship Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria called upon all the Christians to sacrifice and give more contribution so as to reach during this Lenten season.  "In the season of Lent, the Catholic Church calls her faithful to be in fellowship and solidary with their brothers and sisters who are less fortunate and support the church through prayers, self-denial and alms giving." He said

He also requested the Christians to turn back to God by repenting their sins through the sacrament of reconciliation. “The peace of mind and soul which this sacrament imparts to us is one for which there is no substitute. It is a peace that flows from a certainty, rather than from an unsure hope, that our sins have been forgiven and that we are right with God.” he said. 

Lent is a 40-day period of fasting, prayer and penance before Easter. In the Christian tradition, this is the period of the liturgical year from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday (Sundown). This annual commemoration prepares the faithful through prayer, repentance, giving alms and self-denial, for the events linked to the Passion of Christ and the celebration of his resurrection. This year’s theme is “Peaceful and Credible elections. Leaders of Integrity.”

The Launch that was heralded by a walk from the church through the Town  and back to the parish grounds was attended by clergy and religious, Diocesan Justice and Peace commissioners, CJPC diocesan coordinators, the faithful and Government officials who were also issued with Lenten Campaign booklets.

Youth Converge in Nairobi to celebrate National Mass

It was pomp and colour as hundreds of Catholic youth from across the dioceses in Kenya converged at the National Youth Centre for the National Youth Mass, under the theme, For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name. Luke 1:49

The annual celebration was marked with a procession led by youth band from the archdiocese of Kisumu followed by the mass servers, the priests and finally the Archbishop. Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of Kisumu was the main celebrant.

In his homily, Archbishop Okoth told the young to worship only God and they will forever remain happy. He cautioned the youth not to accept to be misled by the politicians in perpetrating violence. He urged the youth to say no to violence and be custodians of peace. God didn’t create bad tribes, all of them are good but we only blackmail them said Archbishop Okoth urging the young people to be firm in their faith in Christ and extend their love to all. He reminded them that they have a lot of energy which can be geared towards the development of the Catholic faith as well as assisting those who are in need especially the sick, aged and those who are physically challenged

He also informed them that the whole Church was represented at the function through all the vocations; marriage life, religious life and priesthood. He called on the youth to be committed so they can live either of the vocation of the church through God’s guidance. “The good vocation will lead you and is very important because it is pleasing to God and you must live for God, love God and neighbor to earn heaven. As young men imitate St. Joseph, husband to Mary and Young girls imitate Mary who was the first to listen to the word of God and said yes without questions.” He said. He further stressed that all the vocations are important in the Church and none was superior to the other.

Special appreciation to Rev. Frs. Paul Mutemi, Patrick Mwavu, Michael Ngunia and Seminarian Joseph Musee who accompanied the youth from Kitui. God bless you.


Bishop reiterates Popes message to Kenyans


Almost one and a half year after Pope Francis’ Apostolic Voyage to Africa, his message to Kenyans is still fresh.

Launching the Lenten campaign at the University of Nairobi Graduation square, the very place where the Holy Father Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass in Africa, the Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir reminded Kenyans that the Holy Father warned Kenyans about the evils of tribalism and how it can destroy a country if the people do not rise above it and build a cohesive and integrated nation. 

Bishop Korir who is the Bishop of Eldoret said corruption and stealing of public resources is strangling any meaningful development in the country right from the counties to the national level adding that, it is very sad to see the millions of Kenyans wallowing in abject poverty while some very few people are amassing wealth and enjoying themselves as if the poor do not exist. 

“Similarly we still remember his strong words on corruption and how if nothing is done urgently to stop this cancer it will kill the moral fiber of our nation.” He reiterated

Bishop Korir mentioned that, Pope Francis also wanted the leaders to focus on the youth of Kenya and come up with programs that will give the youth hope and employment otherwise the nation shall continue experiencing the problem of radicalization and despair that is gripping the young generation.

He added that, living together as one people and one nation is possible if Kenyans live the kind of life that the Lord Jesus presents to them. “In the Gospel he is teaching us about the beatitudes.  He maps the way that leads to conversion of heart and brings us true peace.  “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God. Let us make a commitment in this field where Pope Francis celebrated Holy Mass with us to work for peace and to ensure that we have peaceful and credible elections.” He said

The Bishop encouraged Kenyans to learn to forgive each other and seek for ways of reconciliation both at the individual and community level.  “St. Paul in the second letter wants us to forgive each other as Christ has forgiven us.  In the history of this Country immediately after independence the founding Father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta emphasized the need for forgiveness.  So that instead of dwelling on the past injustices, Kenyans would forge ahead and concentrate on nation building.” He said 
 
He pleaded with Kenyans not to allow themselves to be overtaken by feelings of hatred, revenge and retaliation since the Lord Jesus himself asked us to love our enemies and pray for them.

Courtesy of Rose Achiego

 

A family in Kisasi gets a new house through 2016 Lenten Campaign contribution

Diocese of Kitui, Justice and peace says thank you for your generous contribution for Lenten Campaign 2016. whatever you gave touched a life. God bless you

Residents of Sosoma receive donations from Caritas Kenya

Caritas Kenya Drought response team together with the Caritas Kitui staff Donated food stuff and clothes to the displaced families from Sosoma/Mwanzele sub locations in Kitui County due to the ongoing clashes between the Kambas and pastoralists from Garissa County over water and Pasture. The donations were given out to Caritas Drought Appeal during the Lenten Campaign Launch held on 25th February at University of Nairobi Grounds.

About 100 families have fled their homes and are living in the bush around Sosoma and have neither shelter nor food to eat. The elderly, the sickly, children and the mothers are suffering and are in need of assistance with basic necessities such as food, water and medicine.

The conflict has been triggered by the continued drought which has forced pastoralists from Garrissa County to move into the densely forested Sosoma area with their livestock.

Artistic Murals in Kabati and Mutune Parishes

For Five days in February 2017, three Spanish artists visited Kitui Diocese to paint several murals with different religious motif in the parishes of Holy Family parish, Kabati and St.Patrick's Mutune.

The work of the team composed of Miguel Aranguren, his brother Gabriel and his nephew Alvaro Aranguren. Their work was highly praised by the parish priests and the faithful. Thanks for your wonderful work.

Click here to view the photos

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