, 26 November, 2019 / 10:00 AM
The World Family of Radio Maria with presence in 80 countries, 23 of them in Africa, launched an additional station in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi Monday, November 25, striving to report from the grassroots and engaging audiences in live events.
“We are going to take the radio to the Christians, not Christians to search for the radio. We have mobile broadcasting equipment that are fully equipped” the director of Radio Maria Kenya, Fr. Gerald Augustine Omunyin told ACI Africa in an interview during the official inauguration of the station.
Fr. Omunyin, a member of the Contemplative Evangelizers of the Heart of Christ added, “The vision for Radio Maria is that we are going to reach Christians from their homes … we reach the people on the ground and we broadcast from where they are; that is the nature of our evangelization.”
Emphasizing the strategy to engage audiences, the coordinator of the world family of Radio Maria in Africa Paolo Taffuri told ACI Africa, “We broadcast Mass from the parishes; that is how we go to the people.
Mr. Taffuri added, “We also go where people are praying together in their families and Small Christian Communities and we broadcast this in the Radio Maria so that many listeners can pray together with that family at the same time.”
“Radio Maria is anchored (on) several pillars: prayer, evangelization, missionary, volunteering spirit, human formation and also propagating the rich Catholic heritage,” Fr. Omunyin who will directly oversee the running of Radio Maria Nairobi told ACI Africa.
Through these pillars, the Kenyan religious priest explained, “Radio Maria will bring the rich Catholic spirituality in the Archdiocese of Nairobi and undertake to teach faith to the Christians, to promote human formation and above all preach Marian Spirituality to the Christians.”
“Many people want to contribute and help to teach people about faith,” Fr. Omunyin said referencing the pillar of encouraging volunteers and added, “There are Catholic professionals who would wish to contribute something to the kingdom of God on a voluntary basis.”
The Archbishop of Nairobi, John Cardinal Njue who presided over the official inauguration of the station, a Monday morning event that started with Holy Eucharist expressed his appreciation to partners who provided funds for the realization of the radio as a tool of evangelization.
He encouraged the clergy, the religious and the lay faithful to work towards sustaining the radio apostolate situated within Nairobi Central Business District, next to St. Peter Claver Parish.
The radio will broadcast through the Radio Maria App until its frequency is acquired.
Plans are underway to establish other radio stations in Nigeria, Zimbabwe and South Sudan, Mr. Taffuri confirmed to ACI Africa.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
Editor-in-Chief, ACI Africa