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The Apostolic Administrator of Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese, Bishop David Kamau. Credit: Archdiocese of Nairobi

“We endeavor to be a sign of hope to families”: Kenyan Bishop Appeals for Humanitarian Aid

Days after Kenya’s President declared drought a national disaster, humanitarian assistance is being sought for family members struggling to make ends meet in the Archdiocese of Nairobi.

Some youth leaders during the training session in Kenya's capital, Nairobi. Credit: DBYES Nairobi/Facebook

Youth Animators in Kenya Undergo Training to Enhance Participation in Church Activities

Youth leaders and animators across various Catholic Parishes in Kenya have completed a training on a manual designed to improve the experience of young people in their church meetings and activities.

Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek on 27 April 2021 at the Nairobi Hospital where he is being treated for gunshot injuries in his legs. Credit: ACI Africa

“I’m well, improving, I’ll be with you”: Bishop-elect to South Sudan’s Rumbek Community

The Bishop-elect for South Sudan’s Rumbek Diocese who is nursing gunshot injuries in Nairobi, Kenya, has sought to reassure the people of God in Rumbek that he is out of danger and that he plans to return  to the South Sudanese Diocese.

Some street children with the staff of Kwetu Home of Peace in Nairobi, Kenya. / Patrician Brothers.

How Patrician Brothers are Rehabilitating Most Difficult Cases on Kenyan Streets

Sadam Rashid stops his truck at a hardware store located in the middle of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya, before he picks a call for an interview with ACI Africa.

Kenyan-born Spiritan Fr. John Munjuri, Parish Priest of St. Mary's Mukuru Parish, Archdiocese of Nairobi, who has facilitated a feeding program on Fridays under the auspices of St. Vincent de Paul Group / St. Mary's Mukuru Parish, Nairobi Archdiocese

Oldest Missionary Congregation in Kenya Igniting Hope Among Poor Slum Dwellers

The marram road that leads to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish in Mukuru Kwa Njenga, a sprawling informal settlement located on the fringes of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya is lined with tiny single-roomed corrugated iron shacks that provide home to thousands of slum dwellers in one of the most deprived areas of the East African country.

Sr. Marren Rose Awiti, a member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loretto Sisters) and a Canon Lawyer lecturing at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). / Sr. Marren Rose Awiti.

Why Religious Who Depart from Their Institutes in Africa Struggle to Fit in Secular World

Starting a new life after departing from a Religious Order or Society of Apostolic Life is an arduous task in Africa, according to a Catholic nun who has suggested different ways to assist Religious who embark on such transitions as they seek to fit in the secular world.  

Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM).

Nuns in Kenya among Catholics around the Globe Hoping Papal Mass Online can Continue

After the Vatican stopped livestreaming Pope Francis’ daily Masses this week, Catholics from around the world have urged the pope to resume the broadcast.

Teacher Stephen Mwangi at the ruins in Kariobangi North. Also visible are homeless families that were spending nights in the cold after their houses were destroyed. / Stephen Mwangi

Brave School Teacher Takes in Family after Nairobi Demolitions Leave Thousands Homeless

Stephen Mwangi recalls a day in March when learners at Watoto Wetu Centre, a primary school run by the Catholic Church in Kariobangi North in Nairobi Kenya, were assembled and informed that the school was closing down following a government directive aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19.

Street children that are part of the Nairobi-based Alfajiri Street Kids Art pose for a photo with the founder of the facility, Australian-born Lenore Boyd (at the back) / Joost Bastmeijer for Beyond the Orphanage

Meet Catholic Lay Missionary Igniting Hope in Kenya’s Street Families amid COVID-19

When news about COVID-19 broke out, plunging the world into action as governments across the world put into place safety measures to contain the spread of the disease, a Catholic lay missionary of Australian descent who has been working with Kenyan street children for nearly a decade assembled the children and informed them of the outbreak.

Image showing an open sewer running behind numerous corrugated houses at Mukuru kwa Njenga in Nairobi, Kenya. / courtesy

Slum Dwellers at a Nairobi Parish Living One Day at a Time amid COVID-19 Measures

It is past noon on Tuesday, March 31 but Jane Mutiso, who has been ailing for the past six years is still lying in bed in a dark single-roomed hut that is made of corrugated iron sheets in Mukuru kwa Njenga, an expansive informal settlement on the fringes of Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. Located East of the central business district, the area is served by St. Mary’s Parish under the pastoral care of the Holy Ghost Fathers, also known as the Spiritans.

The Late Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki who died Tuesday, March 31 in Nairobi, Kenya. / Archdiocese of Nairobi

Kenyans Pay Glowing Tribute to Late Archbishop Vocal against Injustice, Marginalization

Kenyans, including members of the clergy, religious men and women, lay faithful and government officials have paid glowing tribute to the Archbishop emeritus of Nairobi, Raphael Ndingi Mwana a’Nzeki following his death that occured Monday, March 30.

Fr. Richard Oduor, Kenyan-born priest incardinated in South Sudan's Torit diocese who tested positive for COVID-19 days after arriving in Kenya from Rome. He says he has no symptoms of the virus / Fr. Richard Oduor

“It's my 14th day in Kenya, I’ve no COVID-19 symptoms,” Priest Says, Faults Media Reports

The Kenyan priest, Fr. Richard Oduor who, according to government authorities in Kenya, tested positive for COVID-19 and got hospitalized days after returning from Italy has said that on the 14th day since he traveled back to Kenya, he does not feel any of the known symptoms of the virus that has claimed more than 24,000 lives across the globe.

Kenyan-born Franciscan Capuchin Friar, Fr. Robert Onyango Sewe, whose picture was used by multiple media outlets in Kenya to tell the story of the Kenyan priest who is among the 26 individuals in the East African nation infected with COVID-19. / ACI Africa

U.S.-Based Kenyan Capuchin Friar Decries Use of His Image for COVID-19 Positive Priest

A Kenyan-born Franciscan Capuchin Friar based in the U.S. has lamented the use of his picture by multiple media outlets in Kenya to tell the story of the Kenyan priest who is among the 26 individuals in the East African nation infected with COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus.

Kenya’s largest telecommunications provider, Safaricom, the company that operates M-pesa – the most popular mobile phone-based money transfer, financing and microfinancing service in Kenya.

Kenya’s Mobile Money Provider Revises Transaction Costs, Limits, to Tame COVID-19

With two more cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the East African nation of Kenya, bringing to three the number of patients with the deadly virus and the country’s President announcing a raft of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, a popular mobile money provider in the country has responded by announcing a revision of transaction costs and daily transaction limits to encourage cashless transactions.

Official Logo SECAM / Secam.org

SECAM Leadership Circulates Formulated Prayer “for a quick control of Coronavirus”

The worrying trend of the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, with some nine African countries affected is a matter of concern for those at the helm of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) who have, in a collective statement, expressed concern and formulated a prayer in the face of “this strange epidemic.”

KCCB's Archbishop Martin KIvuva (centre) reads the statement on behalf of the Dialogue Reference Group (DRG). He is flanked by other religious leaders. / Samuel Waweru/ KCCB

Kenya’s Building Bridges Initiative “polarizing the nation,” Religious Leaders Concerned

As politicians in Kenya continue with regional rallies to popularize the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), a document with recommendations on ending post-election conflicts in Kenya, religious leaders in the East African nation have raised concerns over the divisive discourse that the initiative seems to be taking and recommended an end to the rallies, concerns shared by the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB).

Kenya-based Catholic University Initiates a Response to Papal Call for Child Safeguarding

In an effort to respond to Pope Francis’ call that all local churches across the globe set working systems to address sexual crimes committed by clerics and religious, the Institute of Canon Law at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) has expanded admissions into its Canon Law training.

Logo for the Year of the Word of God. / Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis- Archdiocese of Hartford

Kenya’s PMS Strategizes on the Yearlong Celebration of “the Word of God in our families”

At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) that brought together diocesan directors and Pontifical Missionary Childhood (PMC) coordinators in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, ways of sharing the Word of God at the grassroots were deliberated, participants underlining the need to own and read the Bible individually and collectively.

Mass for the Word Day of Consecrated Life at the Holy Family Minor Basilica, Nairobi-Kenya / Archdiocese of Nairobi

Religious Men and Women Live for “God alone”: Nairobi Prelates Tell Consecrated Persons

While the global Catholicism marked the World Day for Consecrated Life on Sunday, February 2, the Archdiocese of Nairobi in Kenya marked the celebration Saturday, February 8 with Kenyan Prelates based in country’s capital, Nairobi, reminding the hundreds of religious men and women in attendance about their purpose of life anchored on living for and serving God.

Kenya's late former President Daniel Moi (right) greeting the former Catholic Bishop of Eldoret Diocese, the late Cornelius Korir (left)

Bishops in Kenya Recognize Late President’s Faith Practice, “always put God before all”

Following the death of Kenya’s second president Daniel Moi Tuesday, February 4, Catholic Bishops in the East African country have paid tribute to the country’s longest serving leader, acknowledging him as one who “always put God before all.”