Kenyan Prelate Recovering from COVID-19 Thankful for Prayers after Oxygen Support

Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese.

The Archbishop of Kenya’s Nyeri Archdiocese has sent a message of appreciation to the people of God in the East Africa country, thanking them for journeying with him in prayers as he continues to battle COVID-19.

In a video recording shared on WhatsApp Thursday, November 26, Archbishop Anthony Muheria says that he is on the road to recovery from the coronavirus and that he will need some more time “to recover and regain strength.”

“I greet you all very much from my little hideout in Nairobi and thank you all for all your best wishes that were brought to me,” Archbishop Muheria says in the video recording obtained by ACI Africa.

He adds, “I thank God that I am improving slowly. I still need time to recover and regain my strength but I thank you all for accompanying me in prayers. We continue, all united as an army.”

Last week, Archbishop Muheria announced that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus and appealed for prayers from a Nairobi-based hospital where he said he was on oxygen support.

“Thank you very much for your continued prayers for me during these days I am admitted in the Hospital with COVID-19. God has shown me His Love, and I have also seen your love,” the Kenyan Prelate wrote from Kenya’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Nairobi. 

He added, “I have improved slightly and I can now eat well and sleep well. However, I am still on oxygen as they continue treating me.”

The Catholic Archbishop who chairs Kenya’s Interfaith Council given the mandate to guide the resumption of public worship amid COVID-19 restrictions pleaded with the people of God in the country to continue praying for those he said have been affected by the pandemic in various ways. 

“I remember you all in prayer, whenever I can say my rosaries and other silent prayers in my state,” he said, and added, “Finally Please become ambassadors of compliance in our homes, meetings and funerals. Please let us lead the way of responsibility.”

In his video message shared November 26, about a week after he wrote from hospital, Archbishop Muheria urges the people of God under his pastoral care in Nyeri Archdiocese to “take charge” in their various responsibilities while he continues to recuperate out of hospital in Nairobi.

“I am sending this video so that you can see my face, hear my voice and see that I am improving step by step,” the member of Opus Dei says in the video recording.

He continues, “Of course, it is going to take a bit of time and I thank you all because I know all of you are going to take charge, each one with their own task and place so that we all continue holding our Archdiocese high in its place.”

“Right now, I only want to send you blessings and to thank you as you continue praying with one another in the safe spirit,” he further says.

“May the Almighty Father bless you all in the name of the Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen,” the 57-year-old Archbishop implores in his message of blessings, and adds, “Thank you very much and let’s keep together. We’ll talk. We’ll send another word soon, God bless you.”

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