Nairobi, 04 January, 2021 / 4:10 pm (ACI Africa).
The retirement of John Cardinal Njue of Kenya’s Archdiocese of Nairobi has been accepted by the Holy Father who has also appointed Nairobi Auxiliary Bishop David Kamau as the Apostolic Administrator of the Metropolitan Archdiocese headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.
The 77-year-old Kenyan-born Cardinal had tendered his letter of resignation to Pope Francis upon attaining the 75-year-old mandatory retirement age for Catholic Prelates. He was elevated to Cardinal in November 2007 and installed in February 2008.
The news of the administrative changes in Kenya’s Nairobi Archdiocese was officially made public in Rome on Monday, January 4 at 2.00 p.m. Kenyan Time.
The Catholic Media Network in Kenya reported that the Holy Father’s acceptance letter of Cardinal Njue’s retirement and the appointment of Bishop Kamau was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya, Archbishop Bert van Megen.
Born in 1944 in Kenya’s Embu Diocese, Cardinal Njue is the second Cardinal in the history of Kenya after the Servant of God Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.