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.
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.
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.
After the Vatican stopped livestreaming Pope Francis’ daily Masses this week, Catholics from around the world have urged the pope to resume the broadcast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
On the occasion of the 24th World Day for Consecrated Life marked February 2, the Bishops in Zambia have expressed gratitude for the various apostolates of consecrated persons that make visible the presence of Jesus among the people of God in the Southern Africa nation.
At the conclusion of a three-day conference in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, participants, mainly Jesuits ministering in Africa and Madagascar and their collaborators, resolved to show hospitality to migrants, refugees and the internally displaced within the African continent, welcoming, protecting, promoting and seeking their integration in society.
A section of clergy, religious men and women, and the laity who have been taking part in the just concluded four-day workshop in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, aimed at creating awareness about effective and professional ways of managing parishes have expressed their enthusiasm regarding the initiative, promising to roll out programs in parishes in their respective dioceses based on knowledge and skills acquired during the training.