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Church Leaders in Africa Encourage “stories of hope” on World Communications Day

May 25, 2020

On the occasion of the 54th World Communications Day (WCD), Church leaders and representatives of Catholic communication entities in Africa have, in separate messages, encouraged the telling of stories of hope amid the challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bishops in Kenya Appeal for Support to Operationalize Catholic Television

May 23, 2020

Catholic Bishops in Kenya are soliciting funds from Catholics and other well-wishers across the globe to facilitate the operationalization of their television channel, Ukweli TV Kenya, that would enhance the evangelization mission of the Church in the East African nation.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese. / Facebook Page Nyeri Archdiocese

“Think of welfare of Kenyans, desist from selfish politics”: Kenyan Archbishop

May 20, 2020

A Kenyan Archbishop has expressed his concerns about politicians in the East African nation who are engaging in political rhetoric at a time when all leaders are expected to be focused on initiatives to curb the possible spread of COVID-19.    

Bishop Joseph Obanyi during Holy Mass at the Holy Family Basilica Nairobi, Kenya Sunday, May 17, 2020.

“Rediscover personal responsibility of journalists to communicate truth”: Kenyan Bishop

May 18, 2020

The Bishop overseeing the Social Communications Commission of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has challenged journalists in the East African nation engaged in reporting about COVID-19 “to rediscover” their individual responsibility to convey verified messages amid misinformation and disinformation about the pandemic.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)

“Children’s health, safety comes first”: Kenyan Bishop to Parents on Reopening Schools

May 12, 2020

The Bishop at the helm of Education at the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) has sought to calm parents who are anxious about the education of their children after weeks of indefinite school closure amid COVID-19 restrictions and urged them to prioritize the “health and safety” of their children.

Bishop James Maria Wainaina of Kenya’s Murang’a Diocese. / Mr Kenya TV

Why a Kenyan Bishop is Concerned about Trials of COVID-19 Vaccine on Kenyans

May 8, 2020

Reports that potential COVID-19 drugs and vaccine could be tried on Kenyans have attracted criticism from citizens of the East African nation, including a Catholic Bishop who, in a statement, has explained why such alleged trials would undermine the dignity of Kenyans and amount to a breach of the country’s constitution.

Bishop John Oballa Owaa (centre) flanked by Bishops Martin Kivuva (left) and Bishop Alfred Rotich (right) at a Press Briefing in Nairobi, Kenya.

“We are concerned”: Bishops in Kenya Over Alleged Misuse of COVID-19 Emergency Fund

May 5, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya have raised concerns over the alleged misappropriation of the over KES.1 billion (US$10 million) COVID-19 Emergency Fund that has been so far raised by well-wishers and corporate firms in view of cushioning vulnerable Kenyans against the impacts of restrictions due to the pandemic.    

Members of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) / Samuel Waweru/KCCB

Bishops in Kenya Appeal for Support to Reach Millions Affected by COVID-19 Crisis

Apr 30, 2020

Catholic Bishops in the East African nation of Kenya are appealing for support to facilitate the realization of their collective initiative that seeks to assist those affected by COVID-19 pandemic, especially the most vulnerable, “including the 2.5 million people living in informal settlements.”

Flash floods destroy properties in Chesogon, Elgeyo-Marakwet County, on April 18, 2020. / Courtesy

Church in Kenya Seeking “any form of support” for Thousands amid Floods, Landslides

Apr 25, 2020

The plight of thousands of people affected by floods and landslides in parts of Kenya is a concern of Catholic Bishops in the East African nation. They are appealing for “any form of support” to save lives of at least 400 households that have survived the effects of heavy rains in recent days.

Funeral Mass of Late Archbishop Emeritus Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki  at Holy Family Basilica in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Celebrated Kenyan Prelate Accorded Low-Key Burial, President Promises Future Mourning Day

Apr 8, 2020

About 100 mourners who wore white and blue face masks as a measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19 gathered at Holy Family Basilica in Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi, to bid farewell to a distinguished Catholic Archbishop who died on March 30 after nearly 60 years of shepherding the people of God the East African country.

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In Telling COVID-19 Stories, “media should be source of hope, not despair”: Kenyan Bishop

Apr 2, 2020

With the global pandemic of COVID-19 receiving unrivalled news media coverage, a Bishop in Kenya has challenged personalities behind “all the channels of communication” to strive to tell stories that give “hope and preparedness” rather than despair.

The Late Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki who died Tuesday, March 31 in Nairobi, Kenya. / Archdiocese of Nairobi

Kenyans Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Archbishop Vocal against Injustice, Marginalization

Apr 1, 2020

Kenyans, including members of the clergy, religious men and women, lay faithful and government officials have paid glowing tribute to the Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki following his death that occured Monday, March 30.

Police force ferry passengers to lie down after firing tear gas and detaining them in Mombasa, Kenya. / AFP

“Brutal acts add injury to people already vulnerable”: Bishops to Kenyan Police Officers

Mar 31, 2020

The brutality meted out on a section of Kenyans by police officers in their bid to enforce the dawn-to-dusk curfew put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who, while condemning the Friday, March 27 episodes, have called on security officers to act with a human face, respecting the dignity of persons.

Kenya's two leading newspapers, The Standard and Daily Nation, which framed the Church negatively in their respective headlines of March 23, 2020 edition.

Kenyan Media Framing of Church “as weak link, agent of death, unethical,” Catholics Decry

Mar 25, 2020

The recent negative media framing of the Church in Kenya as “a weak link” and “an agent of death” has been condemned and termed unethical, with a section of Catholics in the East African nation calling on the institution that regulates media standards, the Media Council of Kenya (MCK), to sanction the implicated media outlets.

Catholic Christians in Kenya during the National Prayer Day at Subukia Shrine, October 5, 2019. / ACI Africa

Catholic Bishops in Kenya Officially Suspend Public Mass Over COVID-19

Mar 25, 2020

The Catholic Bishops in Kenya have, in a collective statement Monday, March 23, officially suspended the celebration of public Mass and other Church gatherings in line with the government’s directives to control the spread of COVID-19, including a ban on all forms of religious gatherings.

Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe addresses the media at Afya House in Nairobi on the coronavirus update on March 23, 2020.

Kenya Orders Closure of Places of Worship over COVID-19, Tanzania for Public Worship

Mar 24, 2020

The immediate closure of all places of worship in Kenya was among the raft of measures the government announced Sunday, March 22 in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 after the confirmed cases of the deadly virus increased more than twofold from 7 to 15, while in neighboring Tanzania, the country’s President was reported encouraging public worship.

Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi, Kenya

"Churches will remain open" for Public Mass Celebrations, Bishops in Kenya, Uganda Direct

Mar 20, 2020

Church leaders in Kenya and Uganda have, in separate statements issued Thursday, March 19, announced that Churches will remain open in the two East African countries for public Mass, a move that has attracted both praise and condemnation from the faithful as governments take a raft of measures to contain possible spread of COVID-19.

Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru, Chairman of the Commission for Education and Religious Education of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB)

Character Formation in Kenyan Catholic Schools Motivating Non-Catholics, Prelate Testifies

Mar 12, 2020

The education based on values and the formation of character fostered in Catholic schools in the East African nation of Kenya is the reason behind the enrolment and retention of a high number of learners who are not themselves Catholics, a Kenyan Prelate has said.

Archbishop Anthony Muheria, the Chairman of the Commission for Pastoral and Lay Apostolate under the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB), Archbishop of Nyeri. / ACI Africa

“Women are a gift to us,” Kenyan Archbishop to Thousands of Catholic Women Pilgrims

Mar 10, 2020

On the eve of the International Women’s Day (IWD), a Kenyan Prelate hailed the over 20,000 members of the Catholic Women Association (CWA) in Kenya who gathered at the Marian Shrine in Nakuru Diocese for their annual pilgrimage, appreciating them as “a gift to” the Church.

KCCB's Archbishop Martin KIvuva (centre) reads the statement on behalf of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG). He is flanked by other religious leaders. / Samuel Waweru/ KCCB

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative “polarizing the nation,” Religious Leaders Concerned

Mar 7, 2020

As politicians in Kenya continue with regional rallies to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a document with recommendations on ending post-election conflicts in Kenya, religious leaders in the East African nation have raised concerns over the divisive discourse that the initiative seems to be taking and recommended an end to the rallies, concerns shared by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).