Nairobi, 21 November, 2021 / 9:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The role of the Catholic Church in the fight against corruption in Kenya was one of the highlights during the installation of the new Archbishop of Nairobi Saturday, November 20.
Archbishop Philip Anyolo who was appointed as the Local Ordinary of Nairobi Archdiocese on October 28 to succeed John Cardinal Njue was installed as the fifth Archbishop of the Kenyan Archdiocese at St Mary’s Msongari grounds. The venue played host to Pope Francis in November 2015 when he met with women and men Religious and Clergy in Kenya during his maiden three-nation visit to Africa.
In his message, which was read out by Kenya’s Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary (CS), President Uhuru Kenya appealed to church leaders “to continue preaching against” society’s vices including corruption and impunity.
“I call upon the church to continue preaching against corruption, impunity and other vices with even greater vigor and intensity ensuring that tainted fruits of corruption do not find their way into the house of God,” President Kenyatta said in his message read out by CS Monica Juma.
In his address during the event that was presided over by the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Anyolo promised to play his prophetic role of voicing against societal “ills” and advocating for accountability.