Malindi, 24 February, 2021 / 5:41 pm (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Diocese of Malindi in Kenya has embarked on a year-long celebration of St. Joseph with a special focus on seeking the intercession of the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in addressing gender-based violence, which has been on the rise in various parts of the Diocese.
In an interview with ACI Africa Wednesday, February 24, the Pastoral Coordinator of Malindi Diocese, Fr. Peter Karanja, said that the goal of the initiative is to bring as many young men as possible closer to St. Joseph from whom they will learn about living virtuous lives.
“St. Joseph was a loving man who never raised his hand against the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sadly, in our society today, especially in Malindi, cases of violence in homes are very high. We hope that our Catholic men who aspire to get married can learn from this Saint in bringing up families that are filled with love,” Fr. Karanja said.
Malindi Diocese covers the prominently Muslim Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River Counties and has experienced high levels of gender-based violence. The violence, mostly meted against young women and girls, is said to have escalated during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 60 percent of girls reported to have been abused.
Launched on February 21, the celebration of the Year of St. Joseph in the Kenyan Diocese aims to create awareness on the importance of having stable families of responsible parenthood that borrows from the life of St. Joseph, Fr. Karanja told ACI Africa.