May 29, 2016

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    KENYA: Religious Leaders call for Urgent Political Solution to Electoral Commission Dispute

    NAIROBI MAY 27, 2016 (CISA) — The religious leaders in Kenya have come together to urge for an urgent political solution to the dispute around the Electoral Commission ahead of the General Elections of 2017. In a press statement read in part by Rt Rev Philip Anyolo, chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) and Reverend Canon Peter Karanja the General Secretary, National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) the religious leaders appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta, “Whose mandate rises above party, ethnic and sectoral interests, to support structured discussions with the opposition in person and in addition…

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    KENYA: Focolare President Calls for Culture of Unity in Africa

    NAIROBI MAY 27, 2016(CISA) – Maria Voce, President of the Focolare movement has called for promotion of culture of unity and understanding in Africa. She said that it was important to promote “the charism of unity especially among students in order to survive in the contemporary society we are living in today.” “Culture of unity has given a very important contribution to the academic world and in the interreligious dialogue with people including those who are not religious including people to live together in unity,” she told Law Students at a public lecture at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA)…

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    KENYA: CUEA Installs New Vice Chancellor

    NAIROBI MAY 27, 2016 (CISA) – Prof Justus Gitari Mbae was on May 26 installed as the new Vice Chancellor (VC) of Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Nairobi. Prof Mbae effectively takes over from Monsignor Dr Pius Rutechura who has since been appointed to other responsibilities in the Church back in Bukoba Diocese Tanzania. The installation of the new VC was presided over by Bishop Maurice Muhatia Makumba, Chairman of the university council. “By the power invested in me as the Chairman of the university council and now representing the councilor I invite you to take the oath of office to…

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    KENYA: Electoral Body Meets Religious Leaders, Asks for Fair Hearing

    NAIROBI, MAY 26, 2016(CISA) – The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission on May 26 met the Inter- religious Council of Kenya as part of the on-going stakeholder engagement on election management and the debate on electoral reforms. During the meeting, the commission urged all the parties involved to accord them a fair hearing and involvement, so that any dialogue initiative is not prejudiced. The commission also assured the religious leaders of their commitment to follow the Constitution in addressing all genuine grievances raised against the IEBC. “The commission appreciates their concerns, their role and their impartiality in the on-going debate about…

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KENYA: Follow Good Example of Blessed Irene, Archbishop tells Faithful

NYERI MAY 24, 2016(CISA)- Archbishop Peter Kairo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri has called on the faithful to follow the good example of Blessed Irene “Nyaatha”. The Archbishop was speaking during the occasion of the first anniversary of the beatification of Blessed Irene Stefani “Nyaatha” on May 23 at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology. “What legacy can we learn from Blessed Irene Nyaatha? She really lived her motto All for Jesus, Nothing for me,” said Archbishop Kairo during his homily. “She lived her simple life like Christ; she was friendly, kind and compassionate to all the people she served, and…

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S. SUDAN: Yei Diocese Mourns Slain Nun

JUBA MAY 24, 2016(CISA)-The Catholic Diocese of Yei is in mourning following the death of Sr. Veronika, Theresia Racková a Slovakian missionary of the Mission Congregation of the Servants of the Holy Spirit (SSpS). According to a statement from the SSpS Communication Office, signed by Sr. Mary John SSpS – Assistant General, Sr Veronika was on May 15 shot at and gravely wounded on the hip and in the abdomen. She was returning home on the night of May 15 2016, after taking a patient on an emergency call to Harvest Hospital, Yei, when she was attacked by suspected soldiers…

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KENYA: Thousands Participate in Mater Heart Run

NAIROBI MAY 24, 2016 (CISA) – Thousands of participants took part in the 14th edition of the Mater Heart Run held in Nairobi and other parts of the country on May 21 in efforts to raise awareness and funds to support children with heart conditions. This year’s event took place at Nyayo National Stadium and it brought together school children, teachers, employees representing different organisations among others who were clad in green shirts, Shorts Caps and wrist bands. The event was held simultaneously in Nairobi, Mombasa, Machakos, Mumias, Kisumu and Nyeri and targeted to raise KSh100 million. “The Mater Cardiac Program begun 20 years…

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KENYA: Archbishop Kairo Calls for Dialogue to End Chaos

NYERI MAY 24, 2016(CISA)-Archbishop Peter Kairo of the Catholic Archdiocese of Nyeri has urged the government and the opposition to embrace dialogue to end demonstrations seeking the removal from office the commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). “Only dialogue can solve this crisis, not demos. Let us sit together and solve this matter. I appeal to all Kenyans to maintain peace. We need peace and only Christ can bless us with that peace,” said Archbishop Kairo. Speaking during the First Anniversary of Sister Irene Nyaatha’s beatification at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology grounds in Nyeri, Archbishop Kairo…