The Government of Kenya through Nairobi County has named one of the Nairobi streets after the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga in cognisant of virtues that he stood for.
Speaking during the unveiling of Cardinal Otunga Road near the Holy Family Minor Basilica adjacent to City Hall Annex, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue thanked the County Government of Nairobi under the leadership of the Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero for naming a section of the street after the Servant of God, saying he is a moral icon worth of the honour.
“May the street prompt us to emulate Cardinal Otunga’s exemplary life of prayerfulness and humility, may his intercession merit the city of Nairobi and the entire country, Gods protection and abundant blessing. Cardinal Otunga will continue to speak to the people of Nairobi and to all Kenyans through his great virtues of courage, good cheer, care and concern for others.” Cardinal Njue Said.
His Eminence prayed for all Kenyan leaders to shun tribalism and racism and to bring unity in the country in order to leave a meaningful heritage for the generations to come just as Cardinal Otunga who stood for honesty, simplicity and care for the less fortunate in the society.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Nairobi County said his office recognized the Servant of God as a spiritual hero since he left the World a better place than he found it and the least they could do was to name a street after him.
Kidero called on leaders to be caring and just as Cardinal Otunga, adding that, such deeds would bring prosperity for the nation. He condemned acts of bribery and corruption among some leaders whom he said destroys the Country.
Echoing Cardinal Njues sentiments, the Governor called on Kenyans to be united before and after elections as the country prepare for the next general elections in August 2017. “We are Kenyans after election, but before, we retreat to tribal cocoons. Do not let elections divide us. Be one.” He said
Cardinal Otunga died on 6 September 2003 at the age of 80 having served the Catholic Church for over fifty years. His beatification cause begun in 2009 and the informative process at the diocesan level was concluded and the results were communicated to the congregation of the courses of the saints in Rome.
The Catholic Church in Kenya through her Catholic, Justice and Peace Commission and various arms has joined the Government in the war against corruption.
In a memorandum handed over to His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta on 2nd, November, 2016 at State House, Nairobi, the Bishops said the Church is escalating the war against corruption by writing a book on how to fight corruption besides implementing various programmes to combat graft.
The handbook whose content is based on promotion of virtues and ethics informed by the social teachings of the Catholic Church, points out that corruption rotates a round a society that has lost values and virtues hence the need to restore dignity in both public and private sectors.
The move to write the book was prompted by the many cases and allegations of corruption where Billions of public funds meant for development projects have been misappropriated and by President Kenyatta's call to Kenyans that fighting Corruption is a collective responsibility.
The Bishops proposed to President Kenyatta to intervene in the recent spate of matters concerning corruption by ensuring that, investigation of public officers adversely mentioned or suspected to be misappropriating public funds for their own personal gain.
"Any officer adversely mentioned and implicated in graft ought to step aside even as investigations proceed. There should be conclusion to investigations and actual convictions for those found guilty. You must hold responsible relevant officers that have been appointed to fight corruption which is not only a crime but a moral wrong." The Bishops said.
The Memorandum was presented to the president at State House by His Eminence John Cardinal Njue, The Chairman of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Bishop of Homabay Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo, KCCB Vice Chairman and the Bishop of Ngong Rt. Rev. John Obala Owaa, Bishop of Kitui Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria, Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich and The KCCB General Secretary Vey Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono.
The nominees for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) selection panel have been urged to discharge their duties with integrity in order to give Kenyans a credible electoral body.
While expressing confidence and trust in the nine members at Ufungamano during a prayer meeting, religious leaders and civil society actors under the auspices of the Multi-Sectoral Forum (MSF) reminded the nine nominees that the future of elections in hinges on the critical decisions they are going to make during the vetting process "We congratulate you on your selection and appreciate the mammoth task before you. We trust in your ability and dedication for the service to our nation through this crucial exercise. We are fully behind you and we shall continue to accord you the necessary support to ensure that the selection process is carried out seamlessly to the honour of God and all Kenyans" said Sheikh Adan Wachu, Chairman Inter-Religious Council of Kenya.
Catholic Bishop Alfred Rotich underlined the high expectations on the panel "Kenyans expect that this team will be truthful honest and courageous to the course, we know that integrity comes from God and if they rely on the help of God, certainly they should be able to discharge the mandate bestowed on them" said Bishop Rotich.
The nine who include the nominees representing religious groups Mrs. Bernadette Musundi, Rev. Canon Peter Karanja, Prof. Abdulghafur El-Busaidy, Bishop (Dr.) David Oginde and Mr. Rajesh Rawal and the nominees of the Parliamentary Service Commission, Evans Monari, Mary Karen Kigen-Sorobit, Rtd Justice Tom Mbaluto and Ogla Chepkemoi Karani, further received the backing from the civil society actors. "We wish you well and we will continue to support you. We hope you will give us IEBC commissioners of integrity in public service who have the courage to resist the allure of corruption" said Suba Churchill from the Civil Society Reference Group.
In appreciating the role played by the church in spearheading the electoral reforms ahead of 2017 general elections, Churchill compared the critical role played by the church to the past struggles of democratic reforms in Kenya "In 1997, we were convened by Bishop Philip Sulumeti at Safari Park Hotel, as we were negotiating the Constitution of Kenya review Act and once again you men and women of God have been called upon to provide leadership in a process that will move this country forward which is a manifestation of the hope that society places on you" he affirmed.
On behalf of the Multi-Sectoral Forum, Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Deputy General Secretary Fr. Lucas Ong'esa reaffirmed the commitment of the group in supporting the process of selecting a credible IEBC team "We will continue to journey with you not only in prayers, but as a technical team, we will be ready and available to provide advice, and any other materials that you may need in your work, so feel free to consult us" noted Fr. Ong'esa
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Couples have been urged to embrace and promote the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in child spacing.
Couples have been urged to embrace and promote the use of Natural Family Planning (NFP) in child spacing.
Speaking at a Nairobi hotel during the African Regional Conference on Families on 23rd, September, 2016, The Vice Chairman for Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Family Life National office Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich said that there is need to restore sexual sanity and morality to give marriage and family their rightful places and dignity adding that there is no better method of family planning than NFP for the 21st century and beyond.
Bishop Rotich emphasized that, NFP is the best way of life by which society is assured of strengthening the institution of marriage, building up the human family, and nurturing children. "NFP is a method that respects the dignity of man, woman and life." He said.
He observed that the greatest benefit of NFP is that it calls for the same traits that are fundamental for marriage as a whole noting that, any teaching of NFP is always within the context of enhancing marriage, strengthening family bonds, promoting responsible parenthood as well as the respect for temporal life from conception to natural death. "Any method of child spacing that fails to see that children are a gift from God is wrong. It is important to delight in the reality that children are indeed a gift of the Lord" He said
The World Health organization recognizes NFP as the safest method of spacing births. It also has the added advantage of helping couples to achieve pregnancy and even pre-selecting the sex of the baby. The African Regional Conference on Families brought together about 200 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, USA and Rome to deliberate on the issues affecting the family.
11 Bishops and more than 70 Priests drawn from the Catholic Dioceses of Kenya and Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) have been empowered to be more pastoral in administering the sacrament of penance during this extraordinary year of mercy.
The empowerment programme took place during the Seminar on the works of the Apostolic Penitentiary (one of the Apostolic Tribunals whose competency is limited to the internal forum and granting of indulgences) held at Donum Dei spiritual Centre, Nairobi from 12th – 15th, September, 2016
The seminar was conducted by Regent of Apostolic Penitentiary H.E. Msgr. Krzysztof Nykiel and official of Apostolic Penitentiary Rev. Fr. Dr. Robert Lezohupski OFMConv from Vatican where Bishops and Priests were enlightened on how to be prepared to effectively be witnesses and servants of Gods mercy in administering the sacrament of penance to God's people so that each one in this year mercy may open up to be transformed, converted and come closer to Jesus and church and to experience peace with God and with each other.
In an interview with Waumini News Today, the Vice Chairman of The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Chairman of Canon Law National Office Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, it was very important for pastors to reflect on the apostolic penitentiary that grants dispensation and absolution of certain sins that are reserved, adding that, it was in line with the spirit of Amoris Laetitia (joy of love) on how pastors consciously and consistently give care to people of God.
"There are those who feel abandoned and neglected by the church on account of their state of life, those who are divorced, living in other unions, those who cannot receive Holy Communion for one reason or another, they should feel part and parcel of the family despite the challenges and spiritual difficulties that they face." Bishop Oballa said.
Bishop Oballa added that, the more priests realize and contemplate on the ministry and mystery of Gods mercy, the more they will be available, attentive and welcoming to Gods people.
He expressed gratitude to the Vatican officials for conducting the seminar in Kenya being the first time in Africa.
40 Catholic Mens Association (CMA) members were enrolled on 14th September to the devotion of St. Joseph at Kiio parish by Very Rev Fr Mwongela. Thanks our Vicar General 1 for the visit and words of encouragement to all. Congratulations to the newly enrolled St. Joseph members.
Thirty Eight(38) couples from St. James Catholic Parish, Muthale who solemnized their marriage on 4th September 2016 in church by receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. The colourful event was led by His Lordship Rt. Rev Anthony Muheria assisted by Rev. Fr. Benson Maluki, Fr. John and Fr. Benjamin.
Through this Holy Sacrament, the man and woman become one, for as the Lord Jesus said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate (Matthew19:5,6).
Led by His Lordship Rt. Rev Anthony Muheria, more than 600 youths participated in the 21km walk for Christ held on 13th August 2016 from Kabati to Kitui with an aim of educating youths on some of the challenges posed by malpractices like drug & substance abuse, tribalism, Corruption, school unrest among others
Gilbert a 7year old boy from Mutune Parish challenged all the participants by walking the 21kms without being ferried by any vehicle.
The recent wave of school unrest that has seen the burning of over 100 schools and destruction of properties are schemed acts by well organized cartels to destabilize and disrupt learning in secondary schools across the Country, principals of Catholic Sponsored schools have said.
While sharing experiences during the annual Conference for Principals of Catholic Sponsored schools at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) Nairobi, the schools heads noted that after thorough investigations, some schools were burnt by radicalized vulnerable children who were funded by individuals to torch school dormitories. Non-teaching staff members were also said to be colluding with the students to frustrate the school principal and other strikes were due to fear of taking exams among other reasons beyond the school authority’s control.
Addressing the over 1000 school heads and education secretaries, the Bishop of Kitui Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria challenged the Secondary School Principals to up their skills in order to understand better what is going on in the world of the young people so as to curb the rising cases of arson attacks and strikes perpetuated by students.
Bishop Muheria called on the principals to understand the underlying problems that the students face and influence the children’s actions and thoughts by instilling values in their hearts, encourage the students to participate in community service, give inspirational talks, sell good morals, and win the teachers into mentorship and to help the children reject drugs.
He also told the teachers to analyze the values that the children are to uphold adding that the society and environment must also contribute toward the character formation of the youth.
The conference whose theme is” ‘Catholic schools - a place to Encounter Jesus Christ, the compassionate teacher' aims at covering issues such as integration of gospel values in education' teacher management, Catholic Identity, examination integrity and the ongoing education reforms.
The three day conference running from 16th to 18th, August, 2016 is being hosted by The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Commission for Education and Religious Education. It is in line with the Jubilee year of Mercy being marked by the universal church.
As a way of promoting education in Catholic Diocese of Kitui, Longhorn publishers have signed a memorandum of understanding with Catholic Diocese of Kitui to improve partnership in enhancing Educational standards in the Catholic sponsored Schools in Kitui diocese.
The Memorandum also seeks to improve and distribute hymnal containing Catholic Religious Hymns to Catholic Schools in Kitui and in all other places where Longhorn Publishers operates.
Speaking on the occasion, Longhorn Managing Director, Simon Gachomo has said they will develop, sell and distribute E-learning material to all schools in Kitui and beyond, collaborate in setting up libraries in schools which will be identified by the diocese. “We will also undertake capacity building of teachers for selected subjects in Catholic Schools in Kitui Diocese.” He added.
His Lordship Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria appreciated Longhorns efforts of uplifting education in Kitui Diocese through distribution of books, publishing of exams as well as sponsoring some events like Catholic Education Day, mentorship programmes among others.
The vital occasion was attended by Longhorn board of Directors Honorable F. T. Nyammo, Managing Director, Sales Manager Africa, Marketing Manager, and PA to Managing Director; Bishop Anthony Muheria, Vicar General Very Rev. Fr. John Mwandi, Education Secretary Rev. Fr. Julius Muthamba, Caritas Kitui Director Mr. Joseph Kamau and representatives of Catholic Sponsored Secondary School heads Associations Mr. Bernard Kimanzi, Mr Nicholas Muasya, Mrs Lenah Ngesa, Mr. Joseph Kasyula and Mr Vanesius Ngaa.