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In his message for the World Day of Social Communications 2019, Pope Francis urges responsible use of the internet, saying it should be used to liberate not to entrap.

The Project is coordinated by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Commission for Social Communications through the National Executive Secretary Dr Elias Mokua, SJ. Online News Editor is Rose Achiego.

Eldoret priests welcome Bishop Kimengich and look forward to continuation of Bishop Korir’s legacy

By Rose Achiego

Priests from the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret have expressed gratitude to the Holy Father for appointing Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich as their new shepherd. While welcoming the new bishop, the priests say they are looking forward to a continuation of the work started by the former bishop of the diocese, the late Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir.

In an exclusive interview, Eldoret Vicar General, Rev. Fr. William Kosgey, termed Bishop Kimengich’s appointment as a pleasant surprise and prayed that the new shepherd will foster peace in the region and develop the diocese to greater heights.

At the same time, the Diocesan Communications Coordinator, Rev. Dr. Fred Njoroge, expressed hope that Bishop Kimengich will follow in the footsteps of the Late Bishop Korir considering that the two bishops worked closely together on peace building in the Diocese of Lodwar and the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan.

“Bishop Korir was a Father to Bishop Kimengich and we hope he is going to follow in his footsteps as he has expressed in many interviews. He knows that peace is a vital issue in the North Rift and he also engaged Bishop Korir in peace building initiatives in his Diocese of Lodwar and even the neighbouring countries.” Said Fr. Njoroge.

He expressed confidence that being a prayerful prelate and effective administrator, Bishop Kimengich will play an instrumental role on issues of education, development and self-sustainability for the growth of the diocese.

Meanwhile, the Eldoret Pastoral Coordinator, Rev. Fr. Sospeter Kangongo, said Bishop Kimengich is a blessing and a gift from Pope Francis. He said that they are prepared for the new Bishop’s installation slated for 1st, February 2020, adding that they are enthusiastically waiting to welcome him to the diocese. 

“We were very happy that our prayers were answered,” said Fr. Kangongo. “People are very ready and eagerly waiting for the installation ceremony. Expectations are very high as we are looking forward to work with the Bishop. We formed committees for liturgy, communications, protocol, and hospitality, medical and catering so as to ensure that everything is in order.”

The Diocese of Eldoret started plans for the installation of Bishop Kimengich in 2019 immediately after his appointment on 16th, November 2020, and hope to receive more than 20,000 guests at the Mother of Apostles Seminary Grounds in Eldoret.

They paid tribute to the Bishop of Kitale, Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley, who is also the Apostolic Administrator of Eldoret, for his commitment, dedication and generosity while serving in the diocese.

They said Bishop Crowley has a good understanding of the people of Eldoret and has been working well with the priests, noting that he has prepared well for a smooth transition of leadership.

The Diocese of Eldoret fell vacant on 30th, October 2017, following the passing on of Bishop Cornelius Korir. Consequently, the Holy Father appointed Bishop Maurice Crowley as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.

Church to heighten war on graft during Lent

By Rose Achiego

The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) is committed to escalating the anti-corruption campaign through the promotion of stewardship (commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service).

In his 2020 Lenten Campaign message, the Chairman of KCCB – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Rt. Rev. John Oballa Owaa, said this year’s Lenten Campaign, whose theme is Stewardship for a Transformed Nation… My obligation, should take cue and address how the Church can continue the fight against corruption launched on 5th, October, 2019 at Subukia in Nakuru.

Bishop Oballa, who is also the Ordinary of Ngong, added that stewardship could spur the country to greater heights.

“In stewardship, we believe that everything God created is good. Man was created in the image and likeness of God and was commanded to govern creation rationally to bring forth fruit from the earth,” he said.

In that regard, he said, those who are baptised have a special responsibility to share the kingly, prophetic and priestly life of Christ.

“Our stewardship must imitate that of Christ. Everything we have and are belong to God. We are simply managers or administrators acting on His behalf,” he said.

This Lent season, the Christian faithful are called to examine how they have exercised the gift of stewardship from God. It should be a period of deep soul-searching and a call to conversion.

For the next five weeks beginning 22nd, February 2020, Christians will be expected to reflect on weekly topics.

The topics will look at Responsible Farming, Youth and Development, how people have handled the natural resources and how they can be improved in response to Pope Francis’ invitation in his encyclical Laudato Si’, taking care of ‘Our Common Home’ – the earth and issues of leadership and accountability shall also be discussed.

In Week Five, Sanctity of Life and Dignity shall be discussed as every human person is created in the image and likeness of God hence people must respect the dignity of life from conception to its natural end.

Lent in the Catholic Church is the period in the liturgical calendar from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday (Sundown). This annual commemoration prepares the faithful through prayer, repentance, giving alms and self-denial. The event is linked to the Passion of Christ and the celebration of his Resurrection. It is also in this liturgical period that catechumens are baptised on Easter.

Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya commend KCCB staff for supporting Bishops

By Rose Achiego

The Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan His Excellency Most Rev. Bert Van Megen has commended the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) staff members for dedication and quality work in service to humanity.

Archbishop Megen joined members of staff in a celebration of Holy Mass and a ceremony to mark the end of the year 2019 at the Catholic Secretariat, Waumini House, Nairobi on 18th, December 2019.

Appostolic Nuncio to Kenya and South Sudan Most Rev. Bert Van Megen. sitted from left is Rev. Fr. Cosmus Mwova and Rev. Fr. Bonaventure Luchidio during Mass at Waumini House.

The Nuncio who accorded the staff respect said, members of the staff give a lot of support to the Bishops in their evangelization mission in the background.   “Thank you for quality work and dedication,” he said, encouraging the team to emulate and seek inspiration from St. Joseph the worker so as to do their work well despite the quantity of work that needs to be accomplished.

Speaking at the same time, the KCCB General Secretary Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono thanked the Nuncio for celebrating the end year mass and joining the team during the closing ceremony as the secretariat goes for Christmas break.

Nuncio presented with a gift by Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Rono and staff members.

Fr. Rono also appreciated the staff members’ collaboration in facilitation and coordination of Bishops’ activities in various departments and dioceses saying that, team members exercised commitment, dedication and resilience during the year 2019.

The Celebration was attended by all the staff members being the Clergy, religious men and women and the laity.

Comenting on the Building Bridges Initiative Report by The Catholic Bishops

They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them” (Jeremiah 32: 38 – 39).

1. Introduction

We, the Kenya Conference’ of Catholic Bishops, recently met to assess the State of the Nationupon receiving the BBI Report that was launched by the President and the Rt. Hon Raila Amollo Odinga at the Bomas of Kenya in November 2019. To this effect, we call upon all Kenyans to remember the words of our National Anthem: “Let all with one accord, in common bond united; Build this our Nation together. And the glory of Kenya, the fruit of our labour, fills every heart with thanksgiving.”

2. Message of condolence and Appeal

First and foremost, we wish to condole with families who have lost their loved ones through the fatal road accidents. We also condole with families who have suffered calamity in the on-going rains. We are saddened by the flooding situation in Kenya that has affected more than 300,000 people since the onset of short rains in October 2019. The reports from different agencies indicate that the flash and riverine floods have affected a number of Counties. On our part, we, as the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued on 26th November 2019 a local appeal in aid of the affected population. We have committed to collaborate with our Christians, partners and people of goodwill to complement the efforts of Government and other actors to cushion the communities from the effects of these floods. We call on the two levels of Governments to allocate adequate resources to address the immediate needs of people affected by floods, landslides, mudslides and hailstones. Further, we call on the Government of Kenya to declare this as a National Disaster to pave way for the international community to respond to this crisis. We also appeal to Kenyans to act swiftly and reach out to those affected with any support they can avail in their support. This is an expression of the solidarity we are all called to by our National Anthem.

Furthermore, there is need to undertake urgent measures to strengthen disaster preparedness in Kenya; this is in line with the principles of Agenda 2030 that call for integrating environmental support and protection in our work. Far too many occasions, we are merely reacting to disasters that have occurred, rather than foreseeing situations and acting to avoid these calamities. Let us all work together to increase our forest cover, promote agricultural practices that protect the environment. We should also document indigenous knowledge on community managed disaster risk reduction and build local capacities to act on early warning signs ahead of disasters. We should not allow our Country to lose so many lives again when we can prevent them.

3. Discussions on the Building Bridges Report

Following the release of the Building Bridges Initiative Report, we wish to recall to all Kenyans the spirit of the initiative. We have yearned and longed for a spirit of unity that goes beyond boundaries, and heals the ethnic conflicts often fanned by politics. The whole Nation and indeed each Kenyan, desires the creation of a harmonious and peaceful Country, where equality and justice prevail. The Initiative of the handshake seems to have had this desire as its goal.

We, the Catholic Bishops, have had the opportunity to interact with the BBI Report and appreciate the content. We have noted that the report provides a great opportunity for Kenyans to deepen dialogue and reach a consensus on how to achieve the following:

  1. reconciliation and national healing,
  2. restore and renew our national values, ethos and institutions to create a nation of integrity and competence,
  3. how to achieve economic recovery and reconstruction in order to address poverty, inequality, massive unemployment, high cost of living and enhance service delivery, and
  4. how to initiate redemptive constitutional, legal, policy, administrative reforms so as to achieve a progressive, peaceful and prosperous Kenyan Nation.

We wish to call on all Kenyans to study the content of the BBI Report and carefully seek objective explanations in order to understand the issues therein. Further, there is need to have a dialogue process on grey areas to obtain sustainable solutions for achieving the Reconciliation, Restoration, Recovery and Renewal agenda that our Country needs. The following form part of the areas that need further dialogue and consensus building:

a) The need to implement the previous Reports, namely, the TJRC, CIPEV, IREC and the 2008 Agenda Four as outlined by the Kofi Annan Panel report.  

b) The need to adequately address the problem of the winner takes it all that is identified in the BBI report but not conclusively addressed.

c) The calculation of national revenue based on the last audited accounts rather than on the current revenues and national budget.

d) How to handle people who have been alleged to have abused a State office yet vying for elective positions. This article 99 (3) of the Constitution contradicts the provision of Chapter 6 of the Constitution and the Integrity and Leadership.

e) The proposal that the IEBC Commissioners be nominated by Parliamentary Political Party Leaders.  

f) On ethnic antagonism, there is need to come up with clear mechanism on how to handle people involved in incitements, ethnic mobilization, hate-speech and violence; this applies especially to those who wish to contest in the elections.  

g) The high cost of carrying out elections, political parties’ nominations, and voter bribery in Kenya.

h) How to address the crisis as identified by BBI on the family, youth and society, and Gender Based Violence.

i) How to respect the principle of subsidiarity

j) The need to further dialogue and deliberations especially on how to make Institutions work effectively.

4. Going forward

Recognizing that the spirit of the BBI process is to reconcile and unite Kenyans, and foster co-existence and cohesion, and noting that the President has extended the tenure of the BBI Task-Force to enhance the dialogue, KCCB undertakes to:-

a) Call on all Kenyans to deliberately read the content of BBI report and to avoid politicizing and being divisive on the same. This is about our Nation and not individual interests

b) Provide a structured civic education to ensure that Kenyans make informed choices

c) Engage the political leaders and key sectors across the divide, including the private sector and other Non-State Actors, to develop consensus on the issues raised, and on the best way to carry the process forward.

d) Continue to provide the platform for mediation and diplomacy

5. Conclusion

We, therefore, invite a structured engagement with the BBI report in order to point out what constructive ideas will lead to transformation of our Country. This is a journey that has begun and which requires that we take steps together, believing in God to see us through to a peaceful, progressive and prosperous Kenya.

Finally, we call upon all road users to drive carefully and responsively as security and safety starts with you. As we prepare for the Christmas festivities, we take this opportunity to wish all Kenyans and people of goodwill a Merry Christmas and a Happy new year 2020.

May the blessings of God come upon our Nation and all Kenyans in this time of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Signed on 18th, December 2019 by

Most Rev. Philip Anyolo,

Chairman of KCCB

On behalf of all Catholic Bishops

Pope Francis appoints Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich as Bishop of Kericho

By National Communications Network News Team

The Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Alfred Kipkoech Rotich as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Kericho.

The news of the appointment of Bishop Rotich was officially made public in Rome on Saturday, 14th December, 2019 at Noon. The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Bert Van Megen.

Bishop Rotich will replace the current Bishop of Kericho, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Okombo, who has retired having reached 75 years, the official retirement age for bishops.

Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich

Bishop Rotich is currently the Bishop Emeritus of the Military Ordinariate from where he resigned on 30th December, 2016 upon attaining the retirement age of 55 years as required in the military service.

Bishop Rotich was born on 27th July, 1957 at Tegat Village, Longisa in present day Bomet County. He joined St. Augustine Major Seminary, Mabanga, from 1977 – 1979 for his philosophy training before joining St. Thomas Aquinas Major Seminary, Langata, from 1979 – 1983 for Theology training.

He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Nakuru on 18th November, 1983 by the Archbishop Emeritus of Nairobi (then Bishop of Nakuru), Most Rev. Ndingi Mwana a’ Nzeki.

On 9th March, 1996, he was appointed as Auxilliary Bishop of Nairobi and on the same date, he was appointed as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum. He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Iulium Carnicum on 3rd July 1996 by then Archbishop of Nairobi, His Eminence Maurice Michael Cardinal Otunga.

On 29th August 1997, he was appointed Bishop of the Military Ordinariate and installed on 1st November, 1997.

He was the first full-time bishop of the Military Ordinariate. He served as Military Chaplain. He rose through the ranks to become Captain from 1989 to 1993, a Major from 1994 to 1996, and further rose to become colonel, the highest rank that a religious person can rise in the military.

Bishop Rotich has been living in Nairobi since his resignation and has been very active in the pastoral ministry of the Church, holding various positions at KCCB.

He has served as Bishop Chairman of Caritas Kenya and the Social Communications Commissions. He is currently the Bishop Chairman of the Commission for Ecumenism, Vice Chairman of the Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue and also Vice Chairman of the Family Life National Office. He is a Bishop Member of the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission and the Mainstream Church Leader’s Forum.

Details of his installation will be communicated later.

Rt. Rev. Alfred Rotich first back left during a plenary meeting with other Bishops at Clergy House last year.

Archbishop Muheria: It is better to remain poor but happy and faithful to God

Archbishop Anthony Muheria Celebrating Holy Mass at the Catholic Secretariat

By Rose Achiego

Nyeri Archbishop, Most Rev. Anthony Muheria, has challenged the staff of Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – General Secretariat to show the face of Christ through honesty and good stewardship of resources entrusted to their care. He told the staff that it is better to remain poor but faithful to God and thus happy than being rich and wealthy with a heart that is not at peace with God.

Addressing the congregation during Mass at Waumini House in Westlands, Nairobi, where he replicated the launch of the Anti-Corruption Campaign, Archbishop Muheria called on staff of the Bishops’ Secretariat to cultivate the heroic and courageous witness that the disciples had, in helping the bishops in the fight against corruption.

Archbishop Muheria told the staff that as people working for the Church, they need to desperately fight against corruption to avert the negative effects perpetuated by greed and hunger for power, so as to achieve peace, harmony, goodness and love that Christ wishes for all.

This is a special desire of renewal, we are fighting to create Christ’s presence in our society by removing the rot and showing the face of Jesus,” he said. “We have disfigured the face of Christ by engaging in corrupt deals but unless we heal the soul, unless we revive and awaken the conscience, pointing fingers at others will not change society.”

He added that the six-month campaign against corruption launched on 5th, October, 2019 at Subukia in Nakuru aims at re-awakening individual conscience and will start from the bottom-up.

“We need to revive and awaken our conscience. We need to change our hearts because we are the ones accommodating and feeding the evil of corruption,” he said, adding that corruption is practiced in different forms by people, noting that when one gives Police Officers a bribe not to be taken into lawful custody, or when one pays money to be given a job or tender, or takes things that do not belong to them, then they are corrupt.

He led staff in renewing their baptismal vows, reciting the commitment to fight corruption and signing a declaration as a sign of their commitment. “Let this commitment not be just a ritual or bureaucratic process – let there be a new rebirth, a new dawn and witness of truth,” he said.

Bishop Obanyi promulgates Diocesan pastoral guidelines

Br Rev. Fr. Maurice Erambo

The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega has promulgated new pastoral guidelines that acknowledges the magisterial affirmation of the Kenya conference of catholic Bishops and expresses the unity of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

The Bishop of Kakamega Rt. Rev. Joseph Obanyi gave out the new guidelines on the occasion of the diocesan family day held at St. Peters Seminary Mukumu on 23rd November 2019.

Bishop Obanyi said the Synod document promulgated presents not only the juridical norms but also a system of catechesis and reflections based on the affirmation of the authentic teaching of the universal church. Thereby confirming the communion of the church at all levels.

Bishop Obanyi who is also the Apostolic Administrator of Bungoma emphasized on the importance of the diocesan synod document. “The declarations and decrees will give pastoral direction and strengthen the growth of faith and enhance evangelization and sense of Christian responsibility.”

The Bishop urged all the people of God in the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega to receive the 168 page pastoral guidelines, own them and live them in all aspects of their lives.

The Diocesan synod of Kakamega begun way back in 2016. It brought together members of Christ faithful, representatives of the clergy, religious men and women working in the diocese, members of the lay faithful representing different states of life and ecclesialgroups and movements in the diocese, members of the diocesan curia, a team of experts and invited observers who together with the bishop guided by the holy spirit discussed and explored themes that had been proposed as a path to ecclesial renewal.

The themes in the Diocesan Synod Declarations and Decrees document include: The Church, The Catholic Diocese of Kakamega, Governance and Administration of the Diocese, Faith and Doctrine, Liturgy and Discipline of Sacraments, Evangelization and Inculturation, Inter-Religious Dialogue and Ecumenism, Catechesis in the Pastoral Life of the Church, Clergy and Religious, Role of the Laity, Pastoral and Spiritual Formation of the Faithful, Promotion of Vocations, Collaboration and Solidarity and Integral Human Development.

Archbishop Anyolo Reiterates the Call on Christians To Fight Against Corruption

Rev. Fr. Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ – Archdiocese of Kisumu

The Archbishop of Kisumu Most Rev Philip Anyolo, who is also the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and the Apostolic Administrator of Homabay Diocese, has once again called on Catholic faithful to fight against corruption.

Speaking during Diaconate Ordination at St Therasa’s Cathedral Kibuye, Kisumu on 14th, November 2019, Archbishop Anyolo said that through bishops’ declaration and approach to the alter barefoot at Marian Shrine, Subukia, Nakuru on 5th, October 2019, every faithful is compelled to fight against the corruption actively.

Archbishop Philip Anyolo

Archbishop Philip Anyolo gave the reason behind their decision to decline cash donations from politicians, saying, “We know that when one gives, they do so with good intentions of the church, that’s okay. But now that there is the issue of corruption, we now have to put rules in place so that corruption does not find its way through the Church.”

In a press statement read at the Shrine, The Bishops pledged to keep a record of any gift to a religious leader exceeding Kshs 50,000 (USD 500),” and that adding that, all gifts should be accompanied or acknowledged by a letter.

In order to preserve the sanctity of the Church buildings, the Bishops banned politicians from using the pulpit to advance their political agenda.

“Our Churches will not be used as political platforms or for any other motive other than for the liturgy and worship of God. We shall therefore not allow any address within the Church of any non-liturgical character, the bishops said. All such addresses that may be opportune to make, will be made outside of the Church with due dignity, they said.”

Taking note of the tendency by politicians to use occasions of Christian burials to do politics, the Bishops said the true nature of funerals has to be restored, to condole and pray for the family and honor and pray for the deceased.

“Anything political or developmental should be specifically excluded for honour of God and respect of the deceased,” the Bishops said.

Archbishop Anyolo ordained four deacons; George Otieno Opiyo, Vincent Odhiambo, Kennedy Opore, and Moses Odero.

Bishop Kihara: Child abuse is a reality that we must confront

By Samuel Waweru and Rose Achiego
The Vice Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) – Commission for Social Communications, Rt. Rev. Peter Kihara, has said child abuse is a reality that the Church must confront. He says the Church has to respond to rising cases of child abuse and cannot afford to run away from its responsibility in ensuring that children are safeguarded.
“We must accept the reality of child abuse,” said Bishop Kihara. “We cannot run away from child abuse cases. We must face this reality. If any of our Church personnel is involved, it means the Church has to respond accordingly. You cannot protect the Church by hiding.”
Bishop Kihara reiterated the importance of having child protection policies in the dioceses, saying this has now become part and parcel of all project implementation and even in discussions with donors. He called for establishment of child protection desks in every diocese, urging dioceses to come up with their own child safeguarding policies.
“Child protection policies are now part of donor funding requirements,” said Bishop Kihara. “Dioceses that do not have their own child protection policies should use the KCCB policy. I am glad that we now also have the AMECEA Child Safeguarding Standards and Guidelines.”
The bishop said there is need to conduct trainings at the local diocesan level, especially for those who are handling children.
“All the people that are involved with children need to be introduced to the child protection policy to know and understand their responsibility towards the children under their care,” said Bishop Kihara. “Child protection seminars should not be confined to the cities. We should go to the grassroots, in the dioceses – hold trainings there so that we can have an open discussion on the way forward.”
Bishop Kihara was addressing Diocesan Communication Coordinators, Radio Station Managers and Missionary Communication and Media Directors during their training held at Our Lady of Africa Pastoral Centre in Mombasa from July 1st – 4th, 2019.
He said the Church appreciates the need to communicate more so as to reach more people, especially through modern communication technology such as social media.

Vice Chairman for KCCB – Commission for Social Communication and the Bishop of Marsabit Rt. Rev Peter Kihara addressing Communication Coordinators and Radio Managers in Mombasa.

“We have come far as a Church in Kenya,” said Bishop Kihara. “Today we have more Catholic radios in Kenya and through them we can reach more people without having to physically go out to the parishes, especially in the remote regions of the country. We need to work together as Catholic media and know that unity is strength. It is the only way that we will go far as Catholic Media. We must also embrace social media in our work. Evangelization through social media is necessary even as we think of how to enhance our slow communication media such as print.”
In his welcoming speech, the Archbishop of Mombasa, Most Rev. Martin Kivuva, told Catholic Communication Coordinators and Station Managers that they are the voice of the Church and are Christ’s agents, and when they do their work well, they are fulfilling the mandate of Christ who sent his disciples to take the good news to the whole world.
“You represent the voice of the Church in your mission of telling the story of what is happening,” said Archbishop Kivuva. “You are the Abraham of today pleading for his people in Sodom and Gomorrah. You are standing at the centre to speak on behalf of the poor. Today the media is playing an important role in our country. It is increasingly exposing financial scandals that we would never have known about.”
The Archbishop urged Catholic media to work together and engage secular media because they stand to gain more if they embrace each other.
“Our radios should look for ways to network,” he said “If one radio station has a good program, this can be shared by other radios instead of producing similar programs. Sharing and exchanging programs makes it easy to operate and save on production costs.”
Archbishop Kivuva called on Catholic Media Houses to embrace green energy to save on electricity bills and avoid unnecessary power interruptions and surges that could end up destroying their equipment.
“Green energy such as solar is clean and affordable,” said the Archbishop. “It is costly to run a station on grid electricity.”

Archbishop of Mombasa Most Rev. Martin Kivuva while welcoming Communicators at Our Lady of Africa Pastoral Center, Tudor, Mombasa 

On his part, the National Executive Secretary of the KCCB – Social Communications Commission, Bro. Elias Mokua, called on Catholic Media to avoid glamorizing issues of child abuse as this could end up escalating incidences of abuse. He called on Catholic Media to embrace a social justice dimension when reporting on issues of child abuse, saying there is need to consider human dignity, report only the important facts and avoid unnecessary drama.
Bro. Mokua called on the Church to promote the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, saying trends have indicated that when it loses it’s meaning, more child abuse cases are reported.
He said there is need for Catholic Media to embrace new ways of communication and promote convergence.
“We need to diversify our strategies for evangelization,” said Bro. Mokua. “We cannot rely on only one platform. We need to centralize our information sources and content and ensure it is shared through all our platforms. We must promote media convergence so as to reach everyone wherever they are.”
He emphasized on the need to adopt social media, especially in reaching out to young people.
“Social media is important to reach young people,” said Bro. Mokua. “As Catholics we cannot wait for our young people to be evangelized by other people with the wrong kind of messages. Many groups, including terror groups, are reaching them through social media to radicalize and recruit them. We cannot only wait for Sundays to reach them. We must reach them where they are.”

Pope Francis appoints Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Bishop of Eldoret

By National Communications Network News Team

Pope Francis has appointed Rt. Rev. Dominic Kimengich Bishop of Eldoret Diocese. Rt. Rev. Kimengich is currently the Bishop of Lodwar.

The Diocese of Eldoret fell vacant on 30th, October 2017, following the passing on of Rt. Rev. Cornelius Korir. Consequently, the Holy Father appointed the Bishop of Kitale, Rt. Rev. Maurice Crowley, as the Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese.

The news of the appointment of Bishop Kimengich was officially made public in Rome on Saturday, 16th, November, 2019 at noon.  The letter of his appointment was sent to the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) by the Apostolic Nuncio to Kenya, His Excellency Archbishop Bert Van Megen.

Born on 23rd, April 1961, Bishop Kimengich was ordained as a priest of Nakuru Diocese on 14th, September 1986. He was appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop of Lodwar and Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 20th, March, 2010. Bishop Kimengich was ordained Titular Bishop of Tanaramusa on 22nd, May, 2010, and   appointed Bishop of Lodwar on 5th, March, 2011.