Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Kenyan clergy ‘left out’ of Pope’s Vatican invite

Kenyan clerics will not play a leading role in the second synod of Catholic bishops set to begin next week in the Vatican.

According to reports from a Catholic news agency, CISA, Pope Benedict (XVI) has named participants to the meeting of bishops, but left out Kenyan clergy, including John Cardinal Njue.

The dispatch from CISA shows a list of bishops from other African countries, but none from Kenya.

Those from Kenya were priests and lay people some of who are scholars from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Strathmore University and Hekima Theological College, among others.

However, the Kenya Catholic Secretariat denied the reports.

“I have official confirmation that the bishops, nominated by the Pope’s representative in Kenya, will be attending the meeting,” the secretary-general of Kenya Episcopal Conference, Fr Vincent Wambugu, told the Daily Nation.

Special assembly

He said Cardinal Njue would lead a team comprising bishops Zacchaeus Okoth (Kisumu), Boniface Lele (Mombasa), Peter Kairo (Nyeri), Martin Kivuva (Machakos) and Philip Sulumeti (Kakamega) to the Vatican meeting.

Last Friday, the Catholic news agency’s bulletin carried a list of bishops, auditors and experts appointed by the pontiff to attend the meeting.

The synod is a special assembly of top Catholic clergy and experts on social challenges facing the church in the continent.

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