The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Health Commission has once again voiced its opposition to the continued immunization campaigns spearheaded by the Ministry of Health’s, the Commission maintains that there is no cause for alarm hence the campaigns are unnecessary.
In an interview with the media, The Chairman of Catholic Health Commission of Kenya Rt. Rev Paul Kariuki said that targeting women between the age of 14 and 49 years of age raises suspicion on what could be the agenda of the government in collaboration with UNICEF and WHO.
He further condemned the use of force during the vaccination campaigns. Bishop Kariuki lamented that out of the nine samples of Tetanus Toxoid vaccine (TT) tested in 2014, three were found to be laced with Beta human chorionic gonadotropin (b-HCG) sub unit which has been previously used in similar programmes in Philippines, Nicaragua and Mexico to vaccinate women against future pregnancy “The danger is enormous, and we cannot play it down. Why vaccinate women within the child bearing age? When the generation is destroyed we will regret.” He said. The Bishop warned of a possible collusion between the government and foreign agencies to control the population of Kenya.
Bishop Kariuki emphasised that the Church is a major player in the health sector with extensive network of health facilities that include 58 hospitals, 83 health centres, 311 dispensaries and 17 medical training institutions and hence the need to protect the lives of Kenyans by ensuring that vaccines are well tested by a committee of experts from the government and stakeholders before they are administered to the public clarifying that the Church is not against the regular vaccinations administered in hospitals.
Adding his voice to these concerns, the Commission Vice-Chairman Rt. Rev. Joseph Mbatia questioned the secret behind the vaccinations such that the government cannot reveal to the Church and other stakeholders “Why the secret, they choose their own people to give it, and after it has been given they take back the remains and no one can access them,” he observed
The Bishops urged the government to facilitate the committee of experts commissioned in 2014 to test any vaccine and ascertain its safety before administering to the public, they also called upon parents to take up their responsibility of ensuring that their children are given the right vaccines.
For the love of our country, come and reason together
We the Religious Leaders representing the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF), Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK), Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA) and the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK) have met at Little Daughters of St. Joseph Retreat Centre, Karen to reflect on the state of our nation, and especially the prevailing political activities ahead of the 2017 General Elections. Having analyzed the situation keenly, we are concerned that the political grand standing exhibited by the two main political formations, especially the dispute around the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), is a threat to national peace, cohesion and unity of Kenyans.
For this reason, we believe that an urgent political solution is required to avert an imminent crisis that could complicate next year’s election and plunge the country into election violence.
While we fully appreciate that the Constitution guarantees Kenyans right of expression, it must be exercised within the confines of the supreme law and not at the expense of the common good of our nation. All Kenyans and people of good will should always endeavor to contribute to building a cohesive and well integrated nation to fulfil our prayer in the National Anthem, “May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty, may plenty be found within our borders”
It is in this regard that we wish to share the following messages:
Message of Condolence to Families of Those who Died in Demonstrations
It is with sad and heavy hearts that we take this moment to condole with the families of our brothers and sister who unnecessarily died during demonstrations last Monday. We pray that God will grant the bereaved families strength to heal. We also pray for quick recovery of civilians and security officers who sustained injuries as well as for consolation for all those who lost property during the demonstrations.
Call to Promote a Culture of Dialogue
In its Preamble, the Constitution of Kenya 2010 recognizes “the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law”. For this reason, no political outfit has a right to espouse policies or practices that undermine this aspiration.
In this regard, we strongly urge the political coalitions and their respective leadership to reconsider the current political grandstanding over the term of office of IEBC Commissioners and tone down their rhetoric for the common good of our nation. We thank and appreciate the CORD leadership for calling of the weekly demonstrations. We further urge them to unconditionally call off the planned parallel Madaraka Day event. We are convinced that in so doing, they will provide an enabling environment to convene an all stakeholders’ engagement not only on the IEBC standoff but also other envisaged political reforms. In the same breath, we appeal to the government to formally invite the CORD Principals to the National Madaraka Day event.
On their part, we urge the leadership of the ruling coalition Jubilee to genuinely reach out to CORD and soberly engage on the issues raised and build consensus on the management of the next election. We wish to remind Jubilee, CORD and other political parties that Kenyans will hold them accountable should the country slide back to anarchy because of unyielding competing political interests.
Call to the Presidency
To facilitate a mutually agreeable settlement of the current dispute over IEBC, we appeal to His Excellency the President, whose mandate rises above party, ethnic and sectoral interests, to support structured discussions with the opposition in person and in addition help create a structure for engagement of other stakeholders. Such talks will help Kenyans find a mechanism for dealing with immediate, short, and medium term issues in order to strengthen our democracy and resolve issues that undermine our national cohesion.
Message to Kenyans
We the religious leaders and your shepherds urge you, our dear brothers and sisters, to exercise restraint as we urgently pursue dialogue to find an amicable solution to the current political dispute.
Parliamentary Support to Electoral Process
We urge Parliament to speedily process the required amendments to the remaining election-related legislations and guarantee a sound and enabling environment for free, fair and credible 2017 elections.
The people of Kenya declared in the Constitution that they are“determined to live in peace and unity as one indivisible sovereign nation”. For this reason, we the religious leaders are open and willing to be part of the mediation and dialogue process and undertake to promote peace, national cohesion and stability.
We wish all Kenyans a happy and blessed Madaraka Day. May God bless Kenya now and always.
Signed on this 27th day of May 2016 at Little Sisters of St Joseph Retreat Center, Karen, for and on behalf of the Religious Leaders:
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)
Rt. Rev. Philip Anyolo
National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK
Rev. Canon Rosemary Mbogo
Evangelical Alliance of Kenya (EAK)
Bishop Mark Kariuki
National Muslim Leaders Forum (NAMLEF)
Al-Hajj Yussuf Murigu
Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC Kenya)
Rev, Fr. Joseph Mutie
Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA)
Pastor Alfred Gitonga Marundu
Hindu Council of Kenya (HCK)
Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK)
Sh. Muhamed Khan
It was launched on 28th May 2016 during the priestly Ordination of Rev. Frs. Martin, Francis and Joseph. The four pillars of the strategic plan are Evangelization, Sacraments, Charity and resource mobilization.
A strategic plan is a document used to communicate with the organization the organizations goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning exercise.
“The bishop urged Priests, Religious men and women and the laity to perfect what is in the booklet. Collaboration of all will help us achieve our dream and move our diocese forward”. He said
On 28th May 2016, was a great day for the Catholic Diocese of Kitui as they celebrated 'birthday' (Ordination) of three deacons to priesthood Rev Deacon Francis Mutua, Martin Kavisu and Joseph Kivite. Bishop Muheria emphasized on purity of heart and body of the chosen servants of God.
In his Homily, the bishop asked ordained priests to be merciful in this great year of Mercy in their apostolate. Eucharistic ministers forever like Melchizedeck of old, he urged them to love Eucharist for its Christ being celebrated in Mass. He finally asked them to be faithful to their priesthood and asked Christians to support them. "Let no wolves invade them"
This vital event brought together the Clergy, religious and laity from the Catholic Diocese of Kitui, Nairobi, Kitale, Nakuru and St. Patrick’s missionaries.
Fr. Francis was sent to work at Mutito Parish and Fr. Joseph Kivite at Museve Parish. Fr. Martin Kavisuni who belongs to St. Patrick’s missionaries will be working in Central Africa.
BISHOPS MESSAGE FOR EDUCATION DAY
World Catholic Education
27th May 2015
“Educating heralds of mercy and
care for the needy.”
Our Officers from the Ministry of Education, Educationalists, distinguished guests, our School Principals and Heads, our teachers, dear students and pupils, ladies and gentlemen.
We still have very fresh in our minds the visit of Papa Francis to our country. The great lessons and challenges he gave us in the big classroom of Kasarani Stadium, are still very fresh and in engraved in our minds!
Today I want to recall the memories of his visit. Representing us in Kasarani were many of our schools, many universities and also a number of our Primary Schools. Faith a blind girl from the Thika School of the blind read the scripture in a wonderful way. During the preparation, several school presented some beautiful skits on mercy and problems facing the young the people. We prayed for ourselves, our future, our Nation and for all those who find themselves in situations of distress. Among those also who led prayers were Sikh, a Muslim student, some physically disabled university students, and some of our own students from Kitui County. This was a really heavenly experience. We all felt a tremendous sense of hope and were empowered to go out and change the world. That experience must live with us for the rest of our lives.
This year, when we have been invited by Papa Francis to celebrate year of Mercy we have proposed for our reflection the theme of Mercy in the context of our schools: “Educating heralds of mercy and care for the needy.” This means teaching and learning how to become the messengers of mercy and serve the needy.
As we reflect on this theme, the real big lesson from Papa Francis was his attention and attitude towards the poor and the marginalized. His visit came to remind us of great responsibility to learn and practice the lesson of Mercy.
Mercy indeed is the height of true selflessness in service, of authentic citizenry and patriotism, whereby we think more of others than we do of ourselves, as St. John Paul II reminded us “A society will be judge on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.”
That means that the measure of the nobility of any Nation is in the way she cares for the poor, just as the measure of true leadership and human excellence, and greatness is in the way we treat the very weak.
There is a lot about mercy we can learn from you who are young in age. Children will instinctively stop and pity a beggar or a disable person. They will want to help someone who is suffering. This is because you have simplicity of heart. Bust you can still learn more to care for others and for the elderly.
When we want to educate mercy, we are involved at educating the heart, so that we can truly practice mercy, care, service and empathy. Educating in Mercy first means educating in a selfless Love that leads to selfless service, and eventually leads to total selflessness.
Mercy has two aspects. On one hand, the acts that seek to relieve those in difficult or distress, as for example would be the case in a car accident. This is what is represented very well in the Gospel passage on the Good Samaritan, who goes out of his way to help a stranger who is in difficulty. These are called the corporal works of mercy. How do you educate one to have this attitude?
The first step is the expansion of heart, by increasing the awareness of the plight of many disadvantaged people. There is indeed to expose our pupils to the poor and miserable situations of some of our brothers and sisters. It is paramount to have trips to homes of heavily disabled and orphaned children, not just to visit but carry out a community service. The contact with persons who are not as gifted, or as blessed materially or physically as we are, reveals a greater blessedness of God who us more present in them. God is more present in the sick, the forgotten and retarded!
My dear pupils, there is nothing as educating as to spend time in a hospital helping sick people, and seeing their interior strength, or spending time with little orphaned children and admiring their joy. While we complain of having very little, it is very educative to visit homes and slums, where even food is a problem, or where you see people infected by jigger in most miserable state. When we help these people, somehow we ourselves grow to be better persons, and feel moved to excel in order to contribute to change these situations.
I remember my own personal experience, almost thirty years ago, when I used to spent time in the mother Teresa home in Huruma in Nairobi. There we saw deformed babies who had been abandoned. The sisters cared for them with great love, as the biggest gift and most precious of the world. Often we would go to try to help to care of them. It help me realize the value of life, no matter what disability one had. Those children could not say thank you. I realized I had to do good, not so that people thank me, but so that God blesses me. That is Mercy, and blessed Teresa of Calcutta is a clear example in her life. Young girls and boys, please find time to serve the poor and needy around you, the elderly. You will see what great strength in your hearts you will gain. Practice your “Mercy muscles”!
The other aspect of Mercy is that of interior attitude. This has to do with a spirit that easily accommodate adverse events or experiences. It enables us to learn to overlook small things and to care for those suffering in their hearts. These are called the spiritual works of mercy. High above in these spiritual works of mercy, is the capacity to forgive. How does one learn to forgive, in a society where revenge seems acceptable? How do you learn to forgive? Forgiveness is learnt from God, who expands our hearts through prayer.
A young girl had come back to Rwanda for her Holidays from studies in the United States. That girl’s names was Immaculate. The politicians had preached hatred and ethnic violence and over 1 million people lost their lives in tribal killings. A group of people were searching for the family of Immaculate. They managed to get her Mother and brother and killed them. She could hear then from her hide away, but she managed to escape after been hidden by some merciful people for over one month. Deep in her heat she felt hatred for those murderers and was finding it hard to forgive. But she remembered what her father had taught her about “Our Father” prayer which tells us to forgive all those who sin against us.
Some years later she went to the prison in Kibuye, where she met with one of the prisoners, Felicien, who told her that he was the one who killed her mother and brother. She had to struggle as she saw him brought to her weeping, and then as she says: “I wept at the sight of his suffering,” “he was now the victim of his victims, destined to live in torment and regret.” She reached out and touched his hands and said: “I forgive you.” His Tutsi jailer was furious at this, hoping that she would spit on the man. “Why did you forgive him?” he demanded. “Forgiveness is all I have to offer,” Immaculate responded. That is the power of mercy. Only God can train us through small acts to forgive. Don’t ever revenge!!
That is why we should pray “Our Father” in our schools with meaning, so that we can learn to be merciful and forgiving. Forgiving requires interior strength! Mercy is for the strong! Mercy needs training of those “forgiving muscles”.
But there is also another lesson to learn from this story. This is also Papa Francis reminded us during the Kasarani encounter: that we must reject tribalism; that we are all one people, daughter and sons of one God. That means that we must not let tribalism enter into our sports teams in our schools, or our dorms, or our conversations. We should never let anyone sow this terrible virus in us.
I know this time my message is more spiritual than education. But this is because the main component of education is the education of the heart and the character. Then we will be able to soar high in intellectual and academic excellence. Above all, we will be able to transform society into a worthy dwelling for all, where we care for the weak. Young people, become leaders who know what mercy is!
God bless you.
Your Loving shepherd
Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria
Bishop of Kitui
Kenyans have been called upon to strive to make Kenya a peaceful, prosperous and a stable Country by promoting dialogue, reconciliation and forgiveness during this jubilee year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis.
In his homily during the Launch of 2016 Diocesan Lenten Campaign on 14th, February, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish, Mutito, His Lordship Rt. Rev. Anthony Muheria called upon all the Christians to love one another and remember the less privileged in the society 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 . Bishop also echoed pope’s word on corruption and urged all the leaders to do away with corruption which is seriously affecting our nation.
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.
The Launch that was heralded by a walk from Mutito Primary School through Mutito Town 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.
From Bishop’s Desk
To all Christians of Kitui
The Parish Priests
My dear Christians,
"How great are the wonders the Lord has done for us indeed we are glad!!"
We are still overjoyed and filled with wonder, after the most moving visit of Pope Francis. Most of you were able to see him and hear him through TV and radio, but a good number of us were able to see him with our own eyes, and listen to his voice from nearby. This is an experience we can never forget, a moment of graces and blessings for our families, for our Catholic Church in Kenya, for our Country and for each one of us.
With Mary our mother we sing, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; because he has looked upon the lowliness of his servant..." (Luke 1, 46-48)
Truly the Lord has worked great things for us... "the Almighty has done great things for me (for us). Holy is his name, and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him..." (Luke 1, 49)
The message of Papa Francis has been very clear and powerful. He spoke to our hearts: to the hearts of the priests and religious, to the hearts of the youth, to the hearts of men and women in our families, to the hearts of our leaders, and with special love, to the hearts of the poor and marginalized. To all he told us, "Stand strong in faith, do not be afraid!!"
My dear Christians, it is now up to us to use the graces we received, and to put into action the advice of our Father, Papa Francis, in order to transform our society. I wish just to highlight the main issues he spoke to us, which we will have time to reflect on slowly:
1. We need to pray more, in order to change the ills that we see in society.
2. We need to love and defend the family, and the love of children that is in
3. We need to show our love in action, by being close and assisting the poor
the elderly and marginalized.
4. We must commit to reject tribalism as it is worm that eats us from within.
5. We must fight and decide not to get the disease of Corruption which
destroys our hearts and destroys our country. I must start now in my life.
6. Where we did not experience Love, let us put love, where we found
loneliness let us become the catalysts of good friendships.
7. To combat radicalization, we need to offer work and education to all.
Education in values.
8. Let us work together to protect nature, and admire Gods presence in
creation and the natural heritage of Kenya. We must act to change the
climate for better.
The message is a renewed call by God to us all to begin again, to rededicate ourselves to serve God with our whole heart. There cannot be room for selfishness, hatred, greed, jealousy, or discrimination. Following the example of Papa Francis, we too can be happy, serving simply and humbly our fellow men. We can witness to Christ without any fear or without being ashamed.
Today we begin the time of Advent, which is meant to prepare us to receive Jesus Christ who is coming to be born in Christmas. After listening to the Holy Father, Papa Francis, we see we have so many things we must change, because there are so many things we have betrayed Jesus in. Advent is a time to clean our hearts sweep our lives, so that Jesus can find a good place in our hearts. "straighten the paths of the Lord".
Pope Francis has also declared a Year of Mercy which begins on 8th December 2015, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This is a year of seeking God’s mercy, for our failures and sins, for our unfaithfulness, for atrocities committed in the world by our brothers, and for us to come back to him as the "prodigal son". Papa Francis has already given us a hint on what we must change, now we need to go before our Lord to ask him for pardon, and for his graces so that we can truly change.
In this year I invite you all to seek the Sacrament of Confession as many times as you can. I urge the priests to be especially available for this Sacrament, and to set out specific times every day when they will be available for the wonderful Sacrament of Reconciliation. I too will try to be available in some moments.
In this year we are been asked to come back to the Lord, no matter how far we have fallen. There is no sin that is so big, that cannot be forgiven. Jesus is waiting for us to come back and ask for his pardon and mercy. He wants us to change and try to live according to his commandments. He understands we are weak and that we may fall again, but he want us to hold his hand and he will walk with us.
In this year of Mercy, the Holy father has allowed all priests to absolve the sin of abortion, which weighs on the hearts of many women, and also of many men who have participated, encouraged even forced their relatives and friends to end the life of an unborn child. Let our tears for our sins, wash the hearts in the fount of mercy.
"Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow. Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Is 1, 18)
Finally in this year of mercy we will organize several activities at the parish and diocese level. I invite you to start planning some activities at your parish level and suggest some for our diocese. These should include, time to visit the poor in our villages, visits to the prisoners, inviting the very poor for Christmas in our homes, pilgrimages to places of prayers, days of fasting and prayers in the parishes, days of adorations praying for those still imprisoned by sin, penitential services in all our schools and even in other schools, both primary and secondary, days of prayer and reconciliation for Men, for women, for teachers, for health workers, for County government and Central government workers, for MCAs, for businessmen and traders, for boda boda operators, for catechists etc.
This is the moment of grace, let us not lose it. As the Jesus is born in Nazareth, let us make a resolution to be faithful to him, and not to betray him in any way, as we make a new beginning in our country, after Papa Francis' visit.
I wish you all a very blessed Christmas, and a good journey in this Year of Mercy. Our Mother Mary, virgin most merciful, will invite us to come to her Son as she holds him, so that we may experience his smile and forgiveness.
I impart on all of you, God’s blessings.
Your loving shepherd,
Bishop of Kitui
29th November 2015
First Sunday of Advent.
As we enter the Holy door of Mercy, we enter through Jesus Christ who is the door of salvation. We come to him to draw the "waters of salvation". And in this year, as we pose at the Holy door, we seek to touch spiritually the open side of Jesus, to listen to his heart, and to speak to him... "Jesus Master, have mercy on me...".
Let us experience the mystical contact with the Merciful Heart of Jesus, that will lead us to the sacrament of Confession, and will lead us to forgiveness and reconciliation.
As we entered, I prayed for all the christians in Kitui diocese, and for many who are still far away from God..."have mercy on us and on the whole world".
It is a time to forgive: to forgive our brothers, to forgive our sisters, to forgive our parents, to forgive our children, to forgive our neighbours, to forgive our classmates... If we have still some anger or there is someone we still haven't forgiven, this is the year to forgive them. Tell them, i am sorry and start afresh.
"Be merciful as our heavenly Father is merciful"
I wish you a fruitful Year of Mercy accompanied by our Blessed mother.
Bishop Anthony Muheria
In an interview with Kenyan Catholic ‘Waumini News Today,’ after celebrating Holy Mass at the weekend National Eucharistic Congress that was held at the Shrine of Mary in Subukia, Nakuru, Bishop Muheria, who is also the Apostolic Administrator of Machakos Diocese said Pope Francis’ address to the nation will have far-reaching impact in a country ravaged by corruption, negative ethnicity and divisive politics.
‘’We are waiting to hear what the Holy Father will say, but excited that the Pope is the voice of Christ and he will speak to the youth, the poor whom he has a soft spot for, the leaders and the whole nation, surely that is a flood of grace that will make our country change and will give us the impulse we need to really change because we need to change as country.
Describing the Holy Father as an inspiring personification of humility, love, prayer and care for creation, Bishop Muheria said this visit will bring more Kenyans back to the Church.
“Pope Francis is coming to Africa for the first time and starting his visit with Kenya. It is a privilege we do not deserve, God has been very kind to us,” He said
He called on political leaders and the faithful to open their hearts and listen to the Holy Father’s message and to be able to live up to the Christian faith. He invited them also to come in large numbers, to pray and to see the Pope.
Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Chairman, Bishop Philip Anyolo together with the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Charlese Daniel Balvo encouraged the faithful in Kenya to prepare themselves spiritually to welcome and receive the Successor of Peter as he visits the country from 25th to 27th, November, 2015.
The National Eucharistic congress was attended by 18 Kenyan Bishops, hundreds of consecrated men and women and more than twenty thousand faithful from different Dioceses of the country.
(Rose Achiego in Nairobi, Kenya)
Story courtesy of http://en.radiovaticana.va/